Definition of pathos in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpāˌTHäs/


A quality that evokes pity or sadness: the actor injects his customary humor and pathos into the role
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  • They have a perfect blend of humour, poignancy, pathos and a social message.
  • Here at last we have all the drama, tragedy, pathos and humour those courtroom appearances produced.
  • Filled with pathos and grandeur, they demand to be seen in the flesh.
poignancy, tragedy, sadness, pitifulness, piteousness, pitiableness


Mid 17th century: from Greek pathos 'suffering'; related to paskhein 'suffer' and penthos 'grief'.

Words that rhyme with pathos


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Syllabification: pa·thos

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