The attribution of human feelings and responses to inanimate things or animals, especially in art and literature.
More 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:
- The US English dictionary