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Noun: pathos  'pey,thós or 'pa,thós
  1. A quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow)
    "the film captured all the pathos of their situation";
    - poignancy
  2. A feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others
    "the blind are too often objects of pathos";
    - commiseration, pity, ruth
  3. A style that has the power to evoke feelings

Derived forms: pathoses

Type of: expressive style, fellow feeling, quality, style, sympathy

Encyclopedia: Pathos