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bathetic

[buh-thet-ik] /bəˈθɛt ɪk/
adjective
1.
displaying or characterized by bathos:
the bathetic emotionalism of soap operas.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; bath(os) + -etic, on the model of pathetic
Related forms
bathetically, adverb
Can be confused
bathetic, pathetic.
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Word Origin and History for bathetically

bathetic

adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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