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.

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Origin of bathos

1630–40; <Greek: depth

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bathos

bathos , 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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