- Pathetic fallacy is the attachment of a human emotion or quality to nature or inanimate objects.
An example of pathetic fallacy is calling a tornado angry.
pathetic fallacy definition by Webster's New World
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in literature, the attribution of human feelings and characteristics to inanimate things (Ex.: the angry sea, a stubborn door)
Origin: first used by J. Ruskin
pathetic fallacy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The attribution of human emotions or characteristics to inanimate objects or to nature; for example, angry clouds; a cruel wind.