Complete Definition of "pathos"

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English

Etymology
From Ancient Greek ÏÎ¬Î¸Î¿Ï or paschein, the Greek word meaning "to suffer".

Noun
pathos

  1. The aspect of something which gives rise to a sense of pity
  2. In its rhetorical sense, pathos is a writer's attempt to persuade an audience through appeals involving the use of strong emotions. In this sense, pathos is not strictly limited to pity. In its critical sense, pathos denotes an author's attempt to evoke a feeling of pity or sympathetic sorrow for a character.
  3. In theology and existentialist ethics following Kierkegaard and Heidegger, a deep and abiding commitment of the heart, as in the notion of "finding your passion" as an important aspect of a fully-lived, engaged life.

Quotations
1790: The head Sublime, the heart Pathos, the genitals Beauty, the hands & feet Proportion. — William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, 1790
1841: His coat, his waistcoat, his shoes and stockings, his trousers, his hat, his wit and humour, his pathos and his umbrella, all come before me like visions of my youth. — Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop, 1841
1846–1848:'Won't you come with your poor Nurse Wickam, Master Paul?' inquired that attendant, with great pathos. — Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, 1846–1848
1854: Finally, she wished him good night, with great pathos — Charles Dickens, Hard Times, 1854
1874: His voice had a genuine pathos now, and his large brown hands perceptibly trembled. — Thomas Hardy, Far From The Madding Crowd, 1874
1891: What arrested him now as of value in life was less its beauty than its pathos. — Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, 1891.
1919: With an overwhelming sense of pathos, for there is no pathos more bitter than that of parting from someone we have never met, George hailed a taxicab which crawled at the side of the road; and, with all the refrains of all the sentimental song hits he had ever composed ringing in his ears, he got in and passed away. — P.G. Wodehouse, A Damsel in Distress, 1919
1977: The very attack [by Marxism] on God and the historical religions fosters a religious pathos, which attracts te often deracinated emotional energies of numerous contemporary men and women to itself. — Joseph Ratzinger, Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life, 1977

Translations

Bosnian: patos#Bosnian|patos m, patetika#Bosnian|patetika f
Finnish: paatos
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Scottish Gaelic: drùidhteachd f
Serbian:
:Cyrillic: паÑоÑ#Serbian|паÑÐ¾Ñ m, паÑеÑика#Serbian|паÑеÑика f
:Roman: patos#Serbian|patos m, patetika#Serbian|patetika f

Related terms
pathetic
pathology

Category:Greek derivations

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Revision and Credits for"pathos"
  • 2007-12-04 04:25 - ArielGlenn - Reverted edits by [[Special:Contributions/74.244.222.219|74.244.222.219]] ([[User_talk:74.244.222.219|Talk]]); changed back to last version by [[User:70.242.24.252|70.242.24.252]]

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