Definition of pathos noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpeɪθɒs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪθɑːs//
, NAmE//ˈpeɪθɔːs//
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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. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Greek pathos ‘suffering’; related to paskhein ‘suffer’ and penthos ‘grief’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pathos