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pathos

noun [U]  us   /ˈpeɪ·θɑs, -θoʊs, -θɔs/
a quality in life or art that causes feelings of sadness or sympathy: The dying girl’s speech generates genuine pathos.
Translations of “pathos”
in Chinese (Traditional) (境況、文章、藝術品或人的)感染力…
in Russian пафос…
in Turkish dokunaklı hâl, dokunaklılık…
in Chinese (Simplified) (境况、文章、艺术品或人的)感染力…
in Polish patos…
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