[ buh-thet-ik ]
/ bəˈθɛt ɪk /


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

Origin of bathetic

1825–35; bath(os) + -etic, on the model of pathetic

Related forms

ba·thet·i·cal·ly, adverb

Can be confused

bathetic pathetic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bathetic

  • To esteem a man in inverse ratio to the amount of remarkable blood he has inherited is, to say the least, bathetic.

    The Soul of the Far East|Percival Lowell
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for bathetic


/ (bəˈθɛtɪk) /


containing or displaying bathos

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