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bathos

[bey-thos, -thaws, -thohs] /ˈbeɪ θɒs, -θɔs, -θoʊs/
noun
1.
a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace; anticlimax.
2.
insincere pathos; sentimentality; mawkishness.
3.
triteness or triviality in style.
Origin of bathos
1630-1640
1630-40; < Greek: depth
Can be confused
bathos, pathos.
Synonyms
2. maudlinness, tearfulness; mush, gush, schmaltz. 3. insipidity, inanity.
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bathos

/ˈbeɪθɒs/
noun
1.
a sudden ludicrous descent from exalted to ordinary matters or style in speech or writing
2.
insincere or excessive pathos
3.
triteness; flatness
4.
the lowest point; nadir
Word Origin
C18: from Greek: depth, from bathus deep
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Word Origin and History for bathos
n.

"anticlimax, a descent from the sublime to the ridiculous," 1727, from Greek bathos "depth," related to bathys "deep" (see benthos). Introduced by Pope.

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