Definition of bathos in English:


Syllabification: ba·thos
Pronunciation: /ˈbāTHäs


(Especially in a work of literature) an effect of anticlimax created by an unintentional lapse in mood from the sublime to the trivial or ridiculous.
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  • But in fact, despite my scientific interest in describing languages as they actually are, I am as free as anyone else to have negative reactions to unintentional bathos or unhelpful confusion caused by bad writing.
  • Not everything he does works, but Antopolski deliberately uses anticlimax and bathos in his material.
  • To Swan's credit, she deftly skirts sentimentality; there is plenty of sentiment, but no bathos.
anticlimax, letdown, disappointment, disillusionment;
informal comedown


mid 17th century (first recorded in the Greek sense): from Greek, literally 'depth'. The current sense was introduced by Alexander Pope in the early 18th century.

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