- a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -pathy: psychopathic.
Origin of -pathic
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Examples from the Web for pathic
The pathic took my ducat, kissed my hand, and they all departed.
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.
- a catamite
- a person who suffers; victim
- of or relating to a catamite
- of or relating to suffering
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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