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3 definitions found for pathos
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Pathos \Pa"thos\ (p[=a]"th[o^]s), n. [L., from Gr. pa`qos a suffering, passion, fr. paqei^n, pas`chein, to suffer; cf. po`nos toil, L. pati to suffer, E. patient.] That quality or property of anything which touches the feelings or excites emotions and passions, esp., that which awakens tender emotions, such as pity, sorrow, and the like; contagious warmth of feeling, action, or expression; pathetic quality; as, the pathos of a picture, of a poem, or of a cry. [1913 Webster] The combination of incident, and the pathos of catastrophe. --T. Warton. [1913 Webster] 1. The quality or character of those emotions, traits, or experiences which are personal, and therefore restricted and evanescent; transitory and idiosyncratic dispositions or feelings as distinguished from those which are universal and deep-seated in character; -- opposed to ethos. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. Suffering; the enduring of active stress or affliction. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
pathos n 1: a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow); "the film captured all the pathos of their situation" [syn: pathos, poignancy] 2: a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others; "the blind are too often objects of pity" [syn: commiseration, pity, ruth, pathos] 3: a style that has the power to evoke feelingsFrom Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
73 Moby Thesaurus words for "pathos": bathos, benevolence, bitterness, bleakness, caring, cheerlessness, chord, clemency, comfortlessness, commiseration, compassion, concern, condolence, depression, discomfort, dismalness, distress, distressfulness, dreariness, echo, empathy, favor, feeling, fellow feeling, forbearance, forgiveness, grace, grief, grievousness, heaviness, heaviness of heart, heavy heart, heavyheartedness, humanity, identification, involvement, joylessness, kindness, lamentability, lamentation, leniency, mercy, mitigation, mournfulness, pain, painfulness, pardon, pitiability, pitiableness, pitifulness, pity, poignancy, quarter, regrettableness, relating, relief, reprieve, response, responsiveness, ruth, sadheartedness, sadness, self-pity, sharing, sharpness, sorrowfulness, sympathetic chord, sympathetic response, sympathy, vibes, vibrations, woebegoneness, woefulness