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"pathos" in British English

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pathosnoun [U]

uk   /ˈpeɪ.θɒs/  us   /-θɑːs/ literary
the ​power of a ​person, ​situation, ​piece of writing, or ​work of ​art to ​causefeelings of ​sadness, ​especially because ​peoplefeelsympathy: There's a pathos in his ​performance which he never ​letsslide into ​sentimentality.
(Definition of pathos from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pathosnoun [U]

 us   /ˈpeɪ·θɑs, -θoʊs, -θɔs/
a ​quality in ​life or ​art that ​causesfeelings of ​sadness or ​sympathy: The ​dying girl’s ​speechgeneratesgenuine pathos.
(Definition of pathos from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pathos”
in Chinese (Simplified) (境况、文章、艺术品或人的)感染力…
in Turkish dokunaklı hâl, dokunaklılık…
in Russian пафос…
in Chinese (Traditional) (境況、文章、藝術品或人的)感染力…
in Polish patos…
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