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Sunday, November 06, 2016

Definitions for bathos

  1. insincere pathos; sentimentality; mawkishness.
  2. a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace; anticlimax.
  3. triteness or triviality in style.

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Citations for bathos
The Finnish director has an exact target in mind, the niche between bathos and true poignance. Desson Howe, "La Vie de Boheme," Washington Post, November 5, 1993
“I'll always be myself, Mammy,” Billy says. “And I will always be true. Love you forever.” Billy exits with a tear in his eye and a bag in his hand—a bag, I guess, full of bathos. , "On Your Toes," The New Yorker, July 4, 2005
Origin of bathos
1630-1640
Bathos comes from the Greek noun of the same spelling meaning "depth." It entered English in the 1630s with its original meaning "depth." Its current sense dates to Alexander Pope's essay (1727) Peri Bathous "On Depth," whose title is taken from the essay Peri Hypsous "On the Sublime" of the otherwise unknown Longinus, who lived between the first and third centuries A.D.