bathos

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noun ba·thos \ˈbā-ˌthäs\

Definition of bathos

  1. 1a :  the sudden appearance of the commonplace in otherwise elevated matter or styleb :  anticlimax

  2. 2 :  exceptional commonplaceness :  triteness

  3. 3 :  insincere or overdone pathos :  sentimentalism

Examples of bathos in a Sentence

  1. The serious message of the film is ruined by the bathos of its ridiculous ending.

  2. a novel that wallows in bathos

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Origin and Etymology of bathos

Greek, literally, depth


BATHOS Defined for English Language Learners

bathos

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Definition of bathos for English Language Learners

  • : the sudden appearance of a silly idea or event in a book, movie discussion, etc., that is serious in tone



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