Definition of pathetic fallacy in English:

pathetic fallacy

Line breaks: path|et¦ic fal|lacy


[mass noun]
  • The attribution of human feelings and responses to inanimate things or animals, especially in art and literature.
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    • Of late he had a deeper understanding of pathetic fallacy as Ruskin had called it.
    • No pathetic fallacy here, nature remains impervious to human crises.
    • This is not quite what Ruskin called the pathetic fallacy, that conviction of fellow-feeling between men and nature; it's more like the demonic fallacy.

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