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English definition of “pathos”

pathos

noun [U]
 
 
/ˈpeɪθɒs/ literary
a quality in a situation that makes you feel sympathy and sadnessSympathy and compassion
(Definition of pathos from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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