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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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Emotion of compassionate pity. Also: the quality in any form of representation that rouses emotion or compassion.

Usage examples (40)
  • A good leader has intellect and pathos.
  • The film captured all the pathos of their situation
  • Morrison nails the essential pathos from the get go.
  • I read that with a certain pathos — I mean the pathos was mine, not yours. for more
Tutoring comment
  • All the "pathos" (quality that moves one to sorrow or pity) he could muster raised only "bathos" (false or pretentious sympathy) in the audience.
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