Examples of bathos in a Sentence
The serious message of the film is ruined by the bathos of its ridiculous ending.
a novel that wallows in bathos
Recent Examples of bathos from the Web
And there are several moments of such bathos — from the ridiculous Prologue to the final leaps into the lake.
The stories aren’t ginned up with emotion or bathos.
Always, a larger goal is in mind: the absurdities and bathos and impossibility of How We Live Now.
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Origin and Etymology of bathos
First Known Use: 1727See Words from the same year
Synonymssentimentality, gooeyness, lovey-doveyness, mawkishness, mush, mushiness, saccharinity, sappiness, sentimentalism, sloppiness, soppiness, syrup (also sirup)
Related Wordsemotion; sentiment; corn, corniness, hokeyness (or hokiness), schmaltz (also schmalz)
Near Antonymscynicism, hardheadedness, hard-heartedness
BATHOS Defined for English Language Learners
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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