Definition of “bathos” - English Dictionary

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“bathos” in British English

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bathosnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈbeɪ.θɒs/ us /ˈbeɪ.θɑːs/ literary

Examples from literature

  • He resolved to build a play not on pathos, but on bathos. 
  • Life is full of bathos as well as pathos. 
  • The closing words of the speech approached dangerously near to bathos. 
  • The plot shows none of those alarming pieces of incongruity and bathos which have marred some of her stories. 
  • This is bathos that unfortunately goes too far. 

(Definition of “bathos” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)