An example of bathos is comparing a ballerina's beautiful pose to that of a household pet's sleeping position.
Origin of bathos
- Greek depth from bathus deep
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).