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pathos

noun [U] uk   /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.
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