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Examples of pathos in a Sentence
- There is a pathos to the deflated certainties that left the Washington lawyer Leonard Garment weeping, inconsolable, outside the Senate chamber as the debate was ended. —Garry Wills, New York Times Book Review, 10 Sept. 1989
- Many schools at the end of the Depression were poor, but the threadbare nature of Christchurch was almost Dickensian in its pathos. —William Styron, This Quiet Dust and Other Writings, (1953) 1982
- The struggle back to solvency was arduous, and the stubborn determination and reserves of strength that it called forth from him in his mid-forties made him all at once a figure of considerable pathos and heroism in my eyes, a cross of a kind between Captain Ahab and Willy Loman. —Philip Roth, Reading Myself and Others, (1961) 1975
Our knowledge of his tragic end adds an element of pathos to the story of his early success.
Recent Examples of pathos from the Web
The series, which debuted its fifth season on CBS Thursday, finds the right amount of humor and pathos in their stories.
Dressing the animals in human garb heightened the pathos of the opera’s early scenes, when the Forester (the butter-smooth baritone Gerald Finley) carries off the young Vixen to keep as a pet.
There’s some pathos to be found throughout, especially at the end.
The determination with which both the queen and Abdul reaffirm their reciprocal loyalty despite vociferous opposition becomes steadily more touching, acquiring genuine pathos as her health rapidly declines.
Thackeray managed to combine withering satire with genuine pathos.
To perceptive observers, however, the vast gulf between the poetry and the poet only added to Housman’s pathos.
But otherwise, Daniel Espinosa’s film—an Alien homage, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, that justifies its redundancy—is unexpectedly sharp and arresting, a murmur of pathos and intellect rippling underneath all its grinding space-horror.
According to Advancing Women Artists, Nelli, a cloistered Dominican nun, painted large-scale religious works with a sensitivity and pathos that distinguished her from her male counterparts.
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pathos Entered English in the 1500s
The Greek word pathos means "suffering," "experience," or "emotion." It was borrowed into English in the 16th century, and for English speakers, the term usually refers to the emotions produced by tragedy or a depiction of tragedy. "Pathos" has quite a few kin in English. A "pathetic" sight moves us to pity. "Empathy" is the ability to feel the emotions of another. Though "pathology" is not literally "the study of suffering," it is "the study of diseases." You can probably guess at more relatives of "pathos." "Sympathy," "apathetic," "antipathy," "sociopath," and "psychopath" are a few.
Origin and Etymology of pathos
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