bathos

[ bey-thos, -thaws, -thohs ]
/ ˈbeɪ θɒs, -θɔs, -θoʊs /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. batholith,
  2. bathometer,
  3. bathonian,
  4. bathophilous,
  5. bathophobia,
  6. bathrobe,
  7. bathroom,
  8. baths,
  9. bathsheba,
  10. bathtub

Origin of bathos

1630–40; < Greek: depth

Can be confusedbathos pathos

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British Dictionary definitions for bathos

bathos

/ (ˈbeɪθɒs) /

noun

a sudden ludicrous descent from exalted to ordinary matters or style in speech or writing
insincere or excessive pathos
triteness; flatness
the lowest point; nadir

Word Origin for bathos

C18: from Greek: depth, from bathus deep

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Word Origin and History for bathos

bathos

n.

"anticlimax, a descent from the sublime to the ridiculous," 1727, from Greek bathos "depth," related to bathys "deep" (see benthos). Introduced by Pope.

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