Definition of “pathos” - English Dictionary

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“pathos” in British English

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pathosnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈpeɪ.θɒs/ us /ˈpeɪ.θɑːs/ literary

the power of a person, situation, piece of writing, or work of art to cause feelings of sadness, especially because people feel sympathy:

There's a pathos in his performance which he never lets slide into sentimentality.

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

“pathos” in American English

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pathosnoun [ U ]

us /ˈpeɪ·θɑs, -θoʊs, -θɔs/

a quality in life or art that causes feelings of sadness or sympathy:

The dying girl’s speech generates genuine pathos.

(Definition of “pathos” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)