In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(pitiful)(moan/sight/gesture) patético(poverty/misery) conmovedor(poverty/misery) lastimoso(misery/poverty) digno de lástima
- Most of them carried little bundles and they were a pathetic sight.
- His heart skipped a beat with joy and he then wondered if it made him pathetic.
- Standing, she looked down at the pathetic, toothless creature at her feet.
- But your pathetic attempt to conceal your identity made me pity you.
- From the very beginning, toddlers are made to carry heavy burden of books and copies which really is a pathetic sight.
- It upsets me that someone so engagingly pathetic can be so disruptive.
- She is good-hearted and took pity on my pathetic form whenever I was sent to the kitchens by my mistresses.
- His Graham is a pathetic, vulnerable figure who inspires both pity and amusement.
- Writing a story about an ex-boyfriend from several months ago seemed a bit pathetic.
- It seemed somehow forlorn and pathetic as if it had been suddenly abandoned.
- "Sorry… " I replied lamely, beginning to look even more pathetic.
- Anyone who is sick, or poor, or generally pathetic would lack credibility as a prophet.
- Hey, call me pathetic, but I was absolutely desperate for friends.
- I'm sure this all sounds a bit pathetic to someone in your position.
- You're a weak, pathetic fool, a voice said in my head.
- The figure, in its nakedness, has an almost ghostly, insubstantial quality, a pathetic vulnerability.
- I read the news in regards to your situation and find it pathetic.
- A big red bus rolled past, around a curve, and out of sight as I waved in pathetic desperation.
- He watched as the shadowy silhouette of one of the pathetic creatures stumbled past.
- She sniffed sullenly, as if trying to emphasize her disdain, but only sounded rather pathetic.
2informal(feeble, inadequate)what a pathetic excuse! — ¡qué excusa más pobre!
- his jokes are pathetic — sus chistes son pésimos
- a pathetic performance — una actuación que daba pena
- you're pathetic! — ¡me sacas de quicio!
- don't be so pathetic! — ¡no seas tan pusilánime!
- I gave it a go and this year I have had about 50 apricots on my pathetic excuse for a tree.
- Louis had a defeated look on his face and Henry was dancing around him in a pathetic excuse for a victory dance.
- They hold the foreigners in contempt, calling them aliens and capering about in a pathetic attempt to feel superior.
- The man was a pathetic loser who couldn't even write a decent story.
- I would like to know what pathetic excuses these so-called fans have for staying at home.
- Or if it does, it's a pretty pathetic excuse for a church.
- Every now and then, we in the gaming community are presented with a pathetic excuse for a video game, a console port.
- As I come into town, I pass the local mechanic's place, a pathetic excuse for a garage.
- However, Timothy found it to be pretty pathetic attempt at an insult.
- He covers his smile with a hand and examines her pathetic excuse for a tent.
- In practice, a vast amount of spiritualist messages seem pathetic in their banality and sentimentality.
- I hope this doesn't come out as a pathetic excuse of why I haven't updated in a while.
- Jasmine gave out this little laugh that she thought sounded pretty pathetic.
- I'm not even going to link to it as it was so pathetic.
- Then we get this paltry, pathetic excuse for a bill, and we are all supposed to become excited about it.
- But for now, I'm the pathetic loser, and you know what?
- After they had finished their pathetic excuse for a meal, they continued on their way.
- By which I mean I will use the most pathetic excuses to avoid doing anything.
- That article was the most pathetic excuse for him to showcase his infantile vocabulary.
- Karl made some pathetic excuse about having to go to Croydon.
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