pathos definition

  • noun:
    • a good, at the time of an experience or a work of art, that arouses emotions of shame, sympathy, tenderness, or sorrow.
    • the sensation, by sympathy or shame, so aroused.
    • That quality or home of such a thing which touches the thoughts or excites emotions and passions, esp., whatever awakens tender emotions, like pity, sorrow, and so on; infectious heat of experience, action, or expression; ridiculous high quality.
    • A writer's try to convince a gathering through appeals concerning the using powerful emotions not strictly limited to pity.
    • An author's make an effort to stimulate a sense of pity or sympathetic sadness for a character.
    • In theology and existentialist ethics after Kierkegaard and Heidegger, a deep and abiding dedication of the heart, as in the idea of "finding your passion" as an essential part of a totally resided, involved life.
    • That high quality or property of something which touches the emotions or excites feelings and passions, esp., that which awakens tender emotions, such as for example shame, sorrow, and stuff like that; contagious heat of experience, activity, or expression; ridiculous high quality.
    • the high quality or personality of these emotions, qualities, or experiences which are individual, and therefore restricted and evanescent; transitory and idiosyncratic dispositions or feelings as distinguished from people who tend to be universal and deep-seated in character; -- in opposition to ethos.
    • Suffering; the suffering of energetic tension or problem.
    • That high quality or character, as of a speech, a manifestation of this countenance, a-work of art, etc., which awakens the feeling of shame, compassion, or sympathy; an electric or impact that moves or touches the thoughts; feeling.
    • Specifically In art, the grade of the non-public, ephemeral, emotional, or sexy, in place of that, of this perfect, or ethos.
    • Suffering.
    • a style that has the capacity to evoke emotions
    • a sense of sympathy and sadness for the misfortunes of other individuals
    • a good that arouses feelings (especially shame or sorrow)

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