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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
Their cat-and-mouse game is delicious, complex, sometimes funny, charged with pathos.
Those moments play in the books as funny, with just the smallest trace of accompanying pathos involving a girl looking for attention.
The Pergolesi combines spiritual pathos and high drama to a unique degree in sacred music.
Kruger, who is on screen for every frame, carries the film with both pathos and fierceness.
Next, there was Oakland, California, lovingly portrayed with as much pathos as when Coogler recreated it during the last 24 hours of Oscar Grant’s life in Fruitvale Station.
Coogler builds a thrilling, exciting world, and threads throughout it a story filled with pathos and real-world gravitas.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, once subject to our derision, are now agents of pathos.
Devised as an ersatz Achilles edgy enough for gaming in the mid-00s, all anger and very little pathos, the one-time god and long-time god-killer is one of the biggest dicks in the medium.
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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
PATHOS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pathos for English Language Learners
: a quality that causes people to feel sympathy and sadness
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