An example of bathos is comparing a ballerina's beautiful pose to that of a household pet's sleeping position.
- an abrupt, often ludicrous change from the lofty to the ordinary or trivial in writing or speech; unintentional anticlimax
- false pathos; sentimentality
- hackneyed quality; triteness
Origin of bathosClassical Greek bathos, depth from bathys: see bathy-
- a. An abrupt, presumably unintended juxtaposition of the exalted and the commonplace, producing a ludicrous effect.b. An anticlimax.
- a. Insincere or grossly sentimental pathos: “a richly textured man who … can be … sentimental to the brink of bathos” ( Kenneth L. Woodward )b. Banality; triteness.
Origin of bathosGreek depth from bathus deep
- Depth, bottom.
- An abrupt change in style, usually from high to low; an unintended transition of style; an anticlimax.
- Apparent hyperbole or praise marked by comic dilution or digression.
- Triteness; triviality; banality.
- 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.
From Ancient Greek βάθος (bathos, “depth”). Used metaphorically from 1638 (Robert Sanderson). First used ironically by Pope (Bathos, 1727), in contrast to ὕψος (hypsos, “sublimity”).