- Pathos is defined as a feeling of sympathy or sorrow.
An example of pathos is someone feeling bad for a friend whose dog has died.
- Rare suffering
- the quality in something experienced or observed which arouses feelings of pity, sorrow, sympathy, or compassion
- the feeling aroused
Origin of pathosClassical Greek pathos, suffering, disease, feeling, akin to pathein, paschein, to suffer, feel ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kwenth-, to suffer, endure from source Old Irish cessaim, I suffer
- A quality, as of an experience or a work of art, that arouses feelings of pity, sympathy, tenderness, or sorrow.
- The feeling, as of sympathy or pity, so aroused.
Origin of pathosGreek, suffering; see kwent(h)- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural pathoses)
- The quality or property of anything which touches the feelings or excites emotions and passions, especially that which awakens tender emotions, such as pity, sorrow, and the like; contagious warmth of feeling, action, or expression; pathetic quality.
- (rhetoric) A writer's attempt to persuade an audience through appeals involving the use of strong emotions not strictly limited to pity.
- (literature) An author's attempt to evoke a feeling of pity or sympathetic sorrow for a character.
- (theology, philosophy) 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.
From Ancient Greek πάθος (pathos, “suffering”).