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bathos (ˈbeɪθɒs



  1. a sudden ludicrous descent from exalted to ordinary matters or style in speech or writing
  2. insincere or excessive pathos
  3. triteness; flatness
  4. the lowest point; nadir

Word Origin

C18: from Greek: depth, from bathus deep


View thesaurus entry
= anticlimax, disappointment, sentimentality, letdown, comedown (informal), mawkishness, false pathos

Example Sentences Including 'bathos'

Thoroughly unseemly," and those adjectives, so well-worn by an earlier generation of clergymen, added an air of bathos to.
Howatch, Susan Ultimate Prizes
Perhaps there is bathos in the conjunction, but there was consolation in both.
O'Brian, Patrick Testimonies
The sheer bathos of their behaviour was so absurd that I began to laugh but of course this made them more nervous than ever.
Howatch, Susan Absolute Truths


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