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 formsba·thet·i·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedbathetic pathetic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bathetic

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

Examples from the Web for bathetic

Historical Examples of bathetic

  • The man spoke earnestly, but a third person and extraneous hearer could hardly avoid being struck by the bathetic conclusion.

  • 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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper