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[buh-thet-ik] /bəˈθɛt ɪk/
displaying or characterized by bathos:
the bathetic emotionalism of soap operas.
Origin of bathetic
1825-35; bath(os) + -etic, on the model of pathetic
Related forms
bathetically, adverb
Can be confused
bathetic, pathetic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • The man spoke earnestly, but a third person and extraneous hearer could hardly avoid being struck by the bathetic conclusion.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • To esteem a man in inverse ratio to the amount of remarkable blood he has inherited is, to say the least, bathetic.

    The Soul of the Far East Percival Lowell
British Dictionary definitions for bathetic


containing or displaying bathos
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bathetic

1834, from bathos on the model of pathetic, which, however, does not come directly from pathos (see pathetic), so the formation is either erroneous or humorous. Bathotic (1863, perhaps on model of chaotic) is not much better.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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