What does bathos mean?

Definitions for bathos
ˈbeɪ θɒs, -θɔs, -θoʊsbathos

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bathosnoun

    triteness or triviality of style

  2. mawkishness, bathosnoun

    insincere pathos

  3. anticlimax, bathosnoun

    a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one

Wiktionary

  1. bathosnoun

    Depth, bottom.

    Etymology: From βάθος. Used metaphorically from 1638 (Robert Sanderson).

  2. bathosnoun

    An abrupt change in style, usually from high to low; an unintended transition of style; an anticlimax.

    Etymology: From βάθος. Used metaphorically from 1638 (Robert Sanderson).

  3. bathosnoun

    Triteness; triviality; banality.

    Etymology: From βάθος. Used metaphorically from 1638 (Robert Sanderson).

  4. bathosnoun

    Overly sentimental and exaggerated pathos.

    I like you more than I can say; but I'll not sink into a bathos of sentiment: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte - 1847.

    Etymology: From βάθος. Used metaphorically from 1638 (Robert Sanderson).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bathosnoun

    a ludicrous descent from the elevated to the low, in writing or speech; anticlimax

Freebase

  1. Bathos

    Bathos is an abrupt transition in style from the exalted to the commonplace, producing a ludicrous effect. While often unintended, bathos may be used deliberately to produce a humorous effect. If bathos is overt, it may be described as Burlesque or mock-heroic. It should not be confused with pathos, a mode of persuasion within the discipline of rhetoric, intended to arouse emotions of sympathy and pity.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bathos

    bā′thos, n. a ludicrous descent from the elevated to the mean in writing or speech.—adj. Bathet′ic, irregularly formed on the analogy of pathos, pathetic. [Gr. bathos, depth, from bathys, deep.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Bathos

    an anti-climax, being a sudden descent from the sublime to the commonplace.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bathos in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bathos in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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  • profondeur, changement abrupte, vanter excessivement, banalité, mauvais pathosFrench
  • バソスJapanese
  • de hemel inprijzen, banaliteit, dieptepunt, plotse overgang, valse pathosDutch
  • безднаRussian
  • 巴索斯Chinese

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