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pathos (ˈpeɪθɒs Pronunciation for pathos

Definitions

noun

  1. the quality or power, esp in literature or speech, of arousing feelings of pity, sorrow, etc
  2. a feeling of sympathy or pity   ⇒ a stab of pathos

Word Origin

C17: from Greek: suffering; related to penthos sorrow

Synonyms

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= sadness, poignancy, plaintiveness, pitifulness, pitiableness

Translations for 'pathos'

  • British English: pathos Pathos is a quality in a situation, film, or play that makes people feel sadness and pity. NOUN...the pathos of man's isolation.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: patos
  • Chinese: > 令人感伤的特质情形、电影或戏剧中> 令人感伤傷的特质質
  • European Spanish: patetismo
  • French: pathétique
  • German: Pathos
  • Italian: pathos
  • Japanese: 悲劇的要素
  • Korean: 페이소스
  • Portuguese: patos
  • Spanish: patetismo

Example Sentences Including 'pathos'

Although she found the pathos of this last remark irritating, Vi was dissatisfied with herself.
Penelope Fitzgerald HUMAN VOICES (2003)
If I make that change, I ruin an ending which, as it stands, has pathos and depth and feeling.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2
she asked, matter of fact, wringing the pathos out of her voice.
Robert Wilson THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS (2002)

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