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  1. a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -pathy: psychopathic.
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Origin of -pathic

From New Latin; see origin at -pathy, -ic
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Examples from the Web for pathic

Historical Examples

  • The pathic took my ducat, kissed my hand, and they all departed.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • We're going to go in close enough for you to take a 'pathic look-around.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • I find no instance in history of that emperor's being a Pathic, though Persius seems to brand him with it.

  • Again, he observes that it is as easy to recognise a pathic by his impudent behaviour as a gymnast by his muscles.

    A Problem in Greek Ethics

    John Addington Symonds

  • He was famous for having been the lover of one of the most exalted Venetian ladies, and at the same time her husband's pathic.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

British Dictionary definitions for pathic


  1. a catamite
  2. a person who suffers; victim
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  1. of or relating to a catamite
  2. of or relating to suffering
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Word Origin

C17: via Latin from Greek pathikos passive; see pathos
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Word Origin and History for pathic


word-forming element from Latin pathicus, from Greek pathikos "suffering, remaining passive," from pathein "to suffer" (see pathos).

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