pathos


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pa·thos

 (pā′thŏs′, -thôs′)
n.
1. A quality, as of an experience or a work of art, that arouses feelings of pity, sympathy, tenderness, or sorrow.
2. The feeling, as of sympathy or pity, so aroused.

[Greek, suffering; see kwent(h)- in Indo-European roots.]

pathos

(ˈpeɪθɒs)
n
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.
[C17: from Greek: suffering; related to penthos sorrow]

pa•thos

(ˈpeɪ θɒs, -θoʊs, -θɔs)

n.
1. the quality or power in life or art of evoking a feeling of pity or compassion.
2. pity.
3. Obs. suffering.
[1570–80; < Greek páthos suffering, sensation, akin to páschein to suffer]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pathos - a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow)pathos - a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow); "the film captured all the pathos of their situation"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
2.pathos - a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of otherspathos - a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others; "the blind are too often objects of pity"
fellow feeling, sympathy - sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)
3.pathos - a style that has the power to evoke feelings
expressive style, style - a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period; "all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"

pathos

noun sadness, poignancy, plaintiveness, pitifulness, pitiableness the pathos of his hopeless situation
Translations

pathos

[ˈpeɪθɒs] Npatetismo m

pathos

[ˈpeɪθɒs] npathétique m

pathos

nPathos nt

pathos

[ˈpeɪθɒs] npathos m inv
References in classic literature ?
Humor and pathos make it alive, and you have found your style at last.
He did not mind the entreaty, but the tone with its delicate note of pathos was like a reproach.
It was but yesterday," rejoined the aged man, with touching pathos, "that the children of the Lenape were masters of the world.
It is a heavy annoyance to a writer, who endeavors to represent nature, its various attitudes and circumstances, in a reasonably correct outline and true coloring, that so much of the mean and ludicrous should be hopelessly mixed up with the purest pathos which life anywhere supplies to him.
At times this deep strain of pathos was all that could be heard, and scarcely heard sighing amid a desolate silence.
I can't name the exquisite pathos of the contradiction given to such a speech by such a speaker; I only know that the next instant I heard myself throw off with homely force: "Stuff and nonsense
But it was not likely that he had reference to the kind of anguish that comes with destitution, that is so endlessly bitter and cruel, and yet so sordid and petty, so ugly, so humiliating--unredeemed by the slightest touch of dignity or even of pathos.
Clare read it aloud, often pausing to wrestle down feelings which were roused by the pathos of the story.
There is a subtle something about the majestic pathos of the original which the copyist cannot get.
He so worked upon his feelings with the pathos of these dreams, that he had to keep swallowing, he was so like to choke; and his eyes swam in a blur of water, which overflowed when he winked, and ran down and trickled from the end of his nose.
fortunate for the multitudes, in various parts of our republic, whose minds he has enlightened on the subject of slavery, and who have been melted to tears by his pathos, or roused to virtuous indignation by his stirring eloquence against the enslavers of men
My dear children," pursued the black marble clergyman, with pathos, "this is a sad, a melancholy occasion; for it becomes my duty to warn you, that this girl, who might be one of God's own lambs, is a little castaway: not a member of the true flock, but evidently an interloper and an alien.