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


Learn More about pathetic fallacy


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pathetic fallacy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to conform or adhere

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!