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Wordnet 3.0

ADVERB (1)

1. to a pitiful degree;
- Example: "wages were pitifully low, particularly the wages of women"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pitiful \Pit"i*ful\, a. 1. Full of pity; tender-hearted; compassionate; kind; merciful; sympathetic. [1913 Webster] The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. --James v. 11. [1913 Webster] 2. Piteous; lamentable; eliciting compassion. [1913 Webster] A thing, indeed, very pitiful and horrible. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. To be pitied for littleness or meanness; miserable; paltry; contemptible; despicable. [1913 Webster] That's villainous, and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Syn: Despicable; mean; paltry. See Contemptible. [1913 Webster] -- Pit"i*ful*ly, adv. -- Pit"i*ful*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

pitifully adv 1: to a pitiful degree; "wages were pitifully low, particularly the wages of women"