bathos definition

  • noun:
    • An abrupt, unintended change however you like from the exalted toward commonplace, producing a ludicrous result.
    • An anticlimax.
    • Insincere or grossly sentimental pathos: "a richly textured man just who . . . can be . . . emotional into verge of bathos” ( Kenneth L. Woodward).
    • Banality; triteness.
    • Depth, base.
    • An abrupt improvement in style, frequently from large to reasonable; an unintended change of design; an anticlimax.
    • Triteness; triviality; banality.
    • very emotional and exaggerated pathos.
    • A ludicrous lineage from the elevated to your low, on paper or message; anticlimax.
    • Depth; least expensive component or phase; base.
    • A ludicrous lineage from the elevated into the commonplace or ridiculous written down or address; a sinking; anticlimax.
    • Synonyms Fustian, Turgidness, etc. See bombast.
    • triteness or triviality of design
    • an alteration from a critical subject to a disappointing one
    • insincere pathos

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