pathetic fallacy

noun

Definition of pathetic fallacy

: the ascription of human traits or feelings to inanimate nature (as in cruel sea)

First Known Use of pathetic fallacy

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Pathetic fallacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pathetic%20fallacy. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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