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Characterized by bathos.

[Probably blend of bathos and pathetic.]

ba·thet′i·cal·ly adv.


containing or displaying bathos


(bəˈθɛt ɪk)

characterized by bathos.
[1825–35; bath (os) + -etic, on the model of pathetic]
ba•thet′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bathetic - effusively or insincerely emotionalbathetic - effusively or insincerely emotional; "a bathetic novel"; "maudlin expressions of sympathy"; "mushy effusiveness"; "a schmaltzy song"; "sentimental soap operas"; "slushy poetry"
emotional - of more than usual emotion; "his behavior was highly emotional"


Affectedly or extravagantly emotional:


[bəˈθetɪk] ADJque pasa de lo sublime a lo trivial
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