Definition of pathos noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

pathos

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈpeɪθɑs//
 
, NAmE//ˈpeɪθoʊs//
 
[uncountable]
 
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(in writing, speech, and plays) the power of a performance, description, etc. to produce feelings of sadness and sympathy The scene was full of pathos.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pathos