Pathos definition

pāthŏs, -thôs
The feeling, as of sympathy or pity, so aroused.
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A quality, as of an experience or a work of art, that arouses feelings of pity, sympathy, tenderness, or sorrow.
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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.

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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.
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(literature) An author's attempt to evoke a feeling of pity or sympathetic sorrow for a character.
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(rhetoric) A writer's attempt to persuade an audience through appeals involving the use of strong emotions not strictly limited to pity.
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(rare) Suffering.
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The quality in something experienced or observed which arouses feelings of pity, sorrow, sympathy, or compassion.
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The feeling aroused.
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(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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pathos
Plural:
pathoses

Origin of pathos

  • Greek suffering kwent(h)- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Ancient Greek πάθος (pathos, “suffering").

    From Wiktionary