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pathos

[pey-thos, -thohs, -thaws] /ˈpeɪ θɒs, -θoʊs, -θɔs/
noun
1.
the quality or power in an actual life experience or in literature, music, speech, or other forms of expression, of evoking a feeling of pity, or of sympathetic and kindly sorrow or compassion.
2.
pity.
3.
Obsolete, suffering.
Origin of pathos
1570-1580
1570-80; < Greek páthos suffering, sensation, akin to páschein to suffer
Can be confused
bathos, pathos.
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pathos

/ˈpeɪθɒs/
noun
1.
the quality or power, esp in literature or speech, of arousing feelings of pity, sorrow, etc
2.
a feeling of sympathy or pity: a stab of pathos
Word Origin
C17: from Greek: suffering; related to penthos sorrow
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Word Origin and History for pathos
n.

"quality that arouses pity or sorrow," 1660s, from Greek pathos "suffering, feeling, emotion, calamity," literally "what befalls one," related to paskhein "to suffer," and penthos "grief, sorrow;" from PIE root *kwent(h)- "to suffer, endure" (cf. Old Irish cessaim "I suffer," Lithuanian kenčiu "to suffer," pakanta "patience").

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