[ buh-thet-ik ]
/ bəˈθɛt ɪk /


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

Nearby words

  1. bath-sheba,
  2. bathe,
  3. bathed,
  4. bather,
  5. bathers,
  6. bathhouse,
  7. bathinette,
  8. bathing,
  9. bathing beauty,
  10. bathing cap

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

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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