1 arousing pity 令人怜悯的; 可怜的
*a pitiful condition, invalid, sight 可怜的情形、病人、情景
* Their suffering was pitiful to see. 他们受的苦让人见了感到同情.
2 deserving contempt 可鄙的
*pitiful efforts, excuses, lies 卑劣的做法、藉口、谎言
* a pitiful coward 可鄙的胆小鬼.
someone who is pitiful looks or sounds so sad and unfortunate that you feel very sorry for them
→pity The refugees were a pitiful sight .
a pitiful amount is very small The fee was pitiful - only about £60.
very bad in quality His performance was pitiful - five goals flew past him.>pitifullyadv The dog was pitifully thin.
1. We have systematically looked down on old women, kept them out of productive life, judged them primarily in terms of failing capacities and functions, and then found them pitiful. 我们一贯从各方面瞧不起老年妇女，不让她们参加生产活动，主要从其日渐衰落的能力和作用上去评价她们，还要说她们很可怜。