Learner's definition of PATHETIC
[more pathetic; most pathetic]
1 : causing feelings of sadness and sympathy 2 informal + disapproving : very bad, poor, weak, etc.
The team was pretty bad last year, but this year they're downright pathetic.
The story he told was a pathetic attempt to cover up a lie.
a pathetic excuse
His car is a pathetic piece of junk.