displaying or characterized by bathos: the bathetic emotionalism of soap operas.

1825–35; bath(os) + -etic, on the model of pathetic

bathetically, adverb

bathetic, pathetic. Unabridged
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bathetic (bəˈθɛtɪk)
containing or displaying bathos

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Word Origin & History

1834, from bathos on the model of pathetic, which, however, does not come directly from pathos (see pathetic), so the formation is either erroneous or humorous. Bathotic (1863, perhaps on model of chaotic) is not much better.
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Example sentences
The end of the libel case was, in a way, rather bathetic.
The scene, which could have been bathetic, is a killer.
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