- 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.
pathos definition by Webster's New World
- Rare suffering
- the quality in something experienced or observed which arouses feelings of pity, sorrow, sympathy, or compassion
- the feeling aroused
Origin: Classical 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
pathos definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Greek, suffering; see kwent(h)- in Indo-European roots.