Definitions for pathosˈpeɪ θɒs, -θoʊs, -θɔs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pa•thosˈpeɪ 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.

Origin of pathos:

1570–80; < Gk páthos suffering, sensation, akin to páschein to suffer

Princeton's WordNet

  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

Wiktionary

  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 Dictionary

  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

Freebase

  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 Encyclopedia

  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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