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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Definitions for bathetic

  1. Displaying or characterized by insincere emotions: the bathetic emotionalism of soap operas.

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Citations for bathetic
The bathetic quality of "instant cliche" endings is to some extent counterbalanced by the kind of ending which combines plot-contortion with climactic enlightenment… Heterocosms, Heterocosms
Attempts to capture the awe and pain of dying can often, alas, come out sounding either bathetic or satiric. Nancy Kress, Characters, Emotion and Viewpoint
Origin of bathetic
Based on the more common word pathetic, bathetic entered English in the 1830s. It comes from the Greek word bathos which meant "depth."