Origin of pathos
Examples from the Web for pathos
This movie and the novel are a beautiful blend of pathos and comedy.Sherman Alexie on His New Film, the Redskins, and Why It's OK to Laugh at His Work|William O’Connor|August 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Braff is striving to convey a poignant blend of pathos and humor here, but his sort of striving is a form of cheating.
Once edgily shocking, the show now feels rich with pathos and poignancy.
Instead, they (and we) all slip back into a cultural habit that has its origins in the Vietnam War: we turn to pity and pathos.Surviving War Doesn’t Turn All Veterans into Victims, Sometimes it Helps Them Grow|David Morris|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Our ambitious activists of all stripes have just about sucked the last drop of pathos out of “raising awareness.”Rand Paul’s Comments on GOP Voter-ID Laws Mark a Turning Point|James Poulos|May 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was in a very sweet humor,—full of wit and pathos, without being overbearing or oppressive.
The pathos in her tones, the sad lines about Ann's sweet mouth, made Fledra grasp her hands in girlish impetuousness.From the Valley of the Missing|Grace Miller White
I assure you, they failed to grasp the meaning, not to speak of the pathos and divine beauty, of those awful words.My New Curate|P.A. Sheehan
She exuded at every pore the pathos of her young undirected force.A Christmas Garland|Max Beerbohm
Of pathos Dante has given examples unsurpassed in literature.Essays sthetical|George Calvert
Word Origin for pathos
"quality that arouses pity or sorrow," 1660s, from Greek pathos "suffering, feeling, emotion, calamity," literally "what befalls one," related to paskhein "to suffer," and penthos "grief, sorrow;" from PIE root *kwent(h)- "to suffer, endure" (cf. Old Irish cessaim "I suffer," Lithuanian kenčiu "to suffer," pakanta "patience").