Share this entry

Share this page

pathetic fallacy

Line breaks: path|et¦ic fal|lacy

Definition of pathetic fallacy in English:


[mass noun]
The attribution of human feelings and responses to inanimate things or animals, especially in art and literature.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of pathetic fallacy in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day chef-d'œuvre
Pronunciation: ʃeɪ ˈdəːvr(ə)
a masterpiece