the endowment of nature, inanimate objects, etc., with human traits and feelings, as in the smiling skies; the angry sea.
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Origin of pathetic fallacy
coined by John Ruskin in Modern Painters Vol. III, Part IV (1856)
Words nearby pathetic fallacy
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British Dictionary definitions for pathetic fallacy
(in literature) the presentation of inanimate objects in nature as possessing human feelings
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