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Another word for pathos


Synonym Study

  • Poignancy implies an emotional quality, as sadness or pity, that is keenly felt, often to the point of being sharply painful
  • Bathos applies to a false or overdone pathos that is absurd in its effect
  • Pathos names that quality, in a real situation or in a literary or artistic work, which evokes sympathy and a sense of sorrow or pity