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Synonym somewhere between Pathetic and Pitiable...

 
 
Muarck
 
Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 05:29 pm
I need a synonym for pathetic without such a negative connotation. Something that conveys pity with maybe only a dash of disrespect. Pitiable is doesn't have enough and pathetic has too much disrespect. Also it doesn't have to be one word. it can be a phrase.
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Muarck
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 05:41 pm
@Muarck,
I'm a writer and I need it to go in the context: "That's the most *pathetic* story I've ever heard." The sentence will probably need to be reworded for whatever word is substituted in but that's okay.
farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 07:20 pm
@Muarck,
It wasnt the worst story ever written. It was, however , written in a fashion that was somewehere between pitiable and pathetic.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 07:26 pm
@Muarck,
"That's the most *poignant* story I've ever heard."
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jjorge
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 07:32 pm
http://thesaurus.reference.com/browse/pitiable
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oolongteasup
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 10:30 pm
@Muarck,
promise

that you will post yours

so i can give it due respect
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Muarck
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 10:40 pm
@Muarck,
Actually after much deliberation. I think the answer is "sad" - "saddest story." It works for me. What do you guys think? The reason I think it works is sad can be pronounced with a negative connotation.
engineer
 
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2010 10:43 pm
@Muarck,
That is what I was going to suggest. Sad works well.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 9 Jan, 2010 06:49 am
@engineer,
simple, yet it cries for accessories.

Youre not gonna be any threat to David Sedaris with stuff like that.
engineer
 
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Reply Sat 9 Jan, 2010 07:32 am
@farmerman,
Sometimes the best writing consists of precise brevity. Very Happy
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