Bathos Definition

bāthŏs, -thôs
noun
An abrupt, presumably unintended juxtaposition of the exalted and the commonplace, producing a ludicrous effect.
American Heritage
An abrupt, often ludicrous change from the lofty to the ordinary or trivial in writing or speech; unintentional anticlimax.
Webster's New World
An anticlimax.
American Heritage
False pathos; sentimentality.
Webster's New World
Insincere or grossly sentimental pathos.
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Origin of Bathos

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Greek depth from bathus deep

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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