pathos [ pey-thos, -thohs, -thaws] WORD ORIGIN noun the quality or power in an actual life experience or in literature, music, speech, or other forms of expression, of evoking a feeling of pity, or of sympathetic and kindly sorrow or compassion. Origin of pathos 1570–80; < Greek páthos suffering, sensation, akin to páschein to suffer Origin of pathosis
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British Dictionary definitions for pathoses noun the quality or power, esp in literature or speech, of arousing feelings of pity, sorrow, etc a feeling of sympathy or pity a stab of pathos Word Origin for pathos
C17: from Greek: suffering; related to
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Word Origin and History for pathoses n.
"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").
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n. pl. path•o•ses ( -sēz′) A state of disease. A diseased condition. A disease entity.
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