Definitions for pathosˈpeɪ θɒs, -θoʊs, -θɔs

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. pathos, poignancy(noun)

    a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow)

    "the film captured all the pathos of their situation"

  2. commiseration, pity, ruth, pathos(noun)

    a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others

    "the blind are too often objects of pity"

  3. pathos(noun)

    a style that has the power to evoke feelings

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. pathos(Noun)

    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.

  2. pathos(Noun)

    A writer's attempt to persuade an audience through appeals involving the use of strong emotions not strictly limited to pity.

  3. pathos(Noun)

    An author's attempt to evoke a feeling of pity or sympathetic sorrow for a character.

  4. pathos(Noun)

    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.

  5. Origin: From πάθος.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Pathos(noun)

    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

  2. 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.]

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  1. Pathos

    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.

The Nuttall EncyclopediaRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Pathos

    the name given to an expression of deep feeling, and calculated to excite similar feelings in others.

Anagrams of pathos »

  1. Pashto, potash

  2. Pashto

  3. Potash


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