a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow)
"the film captured all the pathos of their situation"
commiseration, pity, ruth, pathos(noun)
a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others
"the blind are too often objects of pity"
a style that has the power to evoke feelings
That quality or property of anything which touches the feelings or excites emotions and passions, esp., that which awakens tender emotions, such as pity, sorrow, and the like; contagious warmth of feeling, action, or expression; pathetic quality.
A writer's attempt to persuade an audience through appeals involving the use of strong emotions not strictly limited to pity.
An author's attempt to evoke a feeling of pity or sympathetic sorrow for a character.
In theology and existentialist ethics following Kierkegaard and Heidegger, a deep and abiding commitment of the heart, as in the notion of "finding your passion" as an important aspect of a fully lived, engaged life.
Origin: From πάθος.
that quality or property of anything which touches the feelings or excites emotions and passions, esp., that which awakens tender emotions, such as pity, sorrow, and the like; contagious warmth of feeling, action, or expression; pathetic quality; as, the pathos of a picture, of a poem, or of a cry
Origin: [L., from Gr. pa`qos a suffering, passion, fr. paqei^n, pa`schei^n, to suffer; cf. po`nos toil, L. pati to suffer, E. patient.]
Pathos represents an appeal to the audience's emotions. Pathos is a communication technique used most often in rhetoric, and in literature, film and other narrative art. Emotional appeal can be accomplished in a multitude of ways: ⁕by a metaphor or story telling, common as a hook, ⁕by passion in the delivery of the speech or writing, as determined by the audience.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pā′thos, n. that in anything (as a word, a look, &c.) which touches the feelings or raises the tender emotions: the expression of deep feeling.—n. Pathom′etry, the distinction of suffering into different kinds. [Gr., from pathein, 2 aorist of paschein, to suffer, feel.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the name given to an expression of deep feeling, and calculated to excite similar feelings in others.
The numerical value of pathos in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of pathos in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Pathos, piety, courage, — they exist, but are identical, and so is filth. Everything exists, nothing has value.
The echo began in some indescribable way to undermine her hold on life. Coming at a moment when she chanced to be fatigued, it had managed to murmur, 'Pathos, piety, courage -- they exist, but are identical, and so is filth. Everything exists, nothing has value.'
Who can explain the secret pathos of Nature's loveliness? It is a touch of melancholy inherited from our mother Eve. It is an unconscious memory of the lost Paradise. It is the sense that even if we should find another Eden, we would not be fit to enjoy it perfectly nor stay in it forever.
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