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a. An abrupt, presumably unintended juxtaposition of the exalted and the commonplace, producing a ludicrous effect.
b. An anticlimax.
a. Insincere or grossly sentimental pathos: "a richly textured man who ... can be ... sentimental to the brink of bathos" (Kenneth L. Woodward).
b. Banality; triteness.
[Greek, depth, from bathus, deep.]
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) 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
[C18: from Greek: depth, from bathus deep]
ba•thos(ˈbeɪ θɒs, -θɔs, -θoʊs)
1. a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace; anticlimax.
2. insincere pathos; sentimentality.
3. triteness in style.
[1630–40; < Greek: depth]
Sudden change from the exalted to the ridiculous or banal.
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|Noun||1.||bathos - triteness or triviality of style|
|2.||bathos - insincere pathos |
sentimentality - extravagant or affected feeling or emotion
|3.||bathos - a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one|
story - a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events; "he writes stories for the magazines"