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pathos

noun [U]     /ˈpeɪ.θɒs/ US  /-θɑːs/ literary
the power of a situation , piece of writing, work of art or person to cause feelings of sadness , especially because of sympathy : There's a pathos in his performance which he never lets slide into sentimentality .Sympathy and compassion
(Definition of pathos noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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