- a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace; anticlimax.
- insincere pathos; sentimentality; mawkishness.
- triteness or triviality in style.
Origin of bathos
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Examples from the Web for bathos
Rather like the way of life it celebrates, The Radetzky March hinges on trivia and bathos more than any real grand gesture.Favorite Historical Novels
November 9, 2011
It was an anti-climax, a bathos, of which St. Augustine is seldom guilty.My New Curate
There is sometimes, too, a falling off, not far removed from the Bathos.A Pindarick Ode on Painting
One of their favourite blunders is an amazing sort of bathos.Utopia of Usurers and other Essays
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Outwardly cynical, he was sentimental to the point of bathos.Narcissus
Then will come the crowning event, after which all must necessarily be bathos.Girls of the True Blue
L. T. Meade
- a sudden ludicrous descent from exalted to ordinary matters or style in speech or writing
- insincere or excessive pathos
- triteness; flatness
- the lowest point; nadir
Word Origin and History for bathos
"anticlimax, a descent from the sublime to the ridiculous," 1727, from Greek bathos "depth," related to bathys "deep" (see benthos). Introduced by Pope.