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  1. displaying or characterized by bathos: the bathetic emotionalism of soap operas.
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Origin of bathetic

1825–35; bath(os) + -etic, on the model of pathetic
Related formsba·thet·i·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedbathetic pathetic
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Related Words for bathetic

drippy, gushy, maudlin, mawkish, schmaltzy, slushy, soft, soppy

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Historical Examples of bathetic

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for bathetic


  1. containing or displaying bathos
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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.

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