Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow)
  2. (noun, feeling) a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others
  3. (noun, communication) a style that has the power to evoke feelings

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Synonyms of Pathos

commiseration, pity, poignancy, ruth

Alternate forms of Pathos

Derivations: pathetic

Hypernyms: expressive style, fellow feeling, quality, style, sympathy

Origin of the word Pathos

  1. "quality that arouses pity or sorrow," 1668, from Gk. pathos "suffering, feeling, emotion," lit. "what befalls one," related to paskhein "to suffer," and penthos "grief, sorrow;" from PIE base *kwenth- "to suffer, endure" (cf. O.Ir. cessaim, Lith. kenciu "suffer"). more

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