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Pathos synonyms

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The quality of being poignant
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Apparent hyperbole or praise marked by comic dilution or digression.
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  1. Apparent hyperbole or praise marked by comic dilution or digression.
  2. An abrupt, presumably unintended juxtaposition of the exalted and the commonplace, producing a ludicrous effect.
  3. An abrupt, often ludicrous change from the lofty to the ordinary or trivial in writing or speech; unintentional anticlimax
A thought, opinion, judgment, or attitude, usually the result of careful consideration, but often colored with emotion
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  1. A thought, opinion, judgment, or attitude, usually the result of careful consideration, but often colored with emotion
  2. A complex combination of feelings and opinions as a basis for action or judgment; general emotionalized attitude
  3. Tender or romantic feeling:
Devastation; ruin:
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  1. Devastation; ruin:
  2. The state of being abandoned or forsaken; loneliness:
  3. Lonely grief; misery
A cause of sorrow; affliction; trouble
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  1. A cause of sorrow; affliction; trouble
  2. A cause of sorrow or misery; a misfortune:
  3. Sorrow or grief; misery.
(Uncountable) The state or emotion of being sad.
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  1. (Uncountable) The state or emotion of being sad.
  2. (Countable) An event in one's life that causes sadness.
Agreement with or support for an opinion or position:
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  1. Agreement with or support for an opinion or position:
  2. Pity or compassion felt for another's trouble, suffering, etc.
  3. A mutual liking or understanding arising from sameness of feeling
Sorrow for the sufferings or trouble of another or others, accompanied by an urge to help; deep sympathy; pity
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  1. Sorrow for the sufferings or trouble of another or others, accompanied by an urge to help; deep sympathy; pity
A matter of regret:
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  1. A matter of regret:
  2. The ability to feel such compassion
  3. Sorrow felt for another's suffering or misfortune; compassion; sympathy

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
Find another word for pathos. In this page you can discover 13 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for pathos, like: poignancy, bathos, sentiment, desolation, woe, sadness, tenderness, sympathy, compassion, pity and sympathetic chord.