Definition of Bathos

1. Noun. Triteness or triviality of style.

Generic synonyms: Expressive Style, Style



2. Noun. Insincere pathos.
Exact synonyms: Mawkishness
Generic synonyms: Sentimentality
Derivative terms: Mawkish

3. Noun. A change from a serious subject to a disappointing one.
Exact synonyms: Anticlimax
Group relationships: Story
Generic synonyms: Close, Closing, Conclusion, End, Ending
Derivative terms: Anticlimactic

Definition of Bathos

1. n. A ludicrous descent from the elevated to the low, in writing or speech; anticlimax.

Definition of Bathos

1. Noun. Depth, bottom. ¹

2. Noun. An abrupt change in style, usually from high to low; an unintended transition of style; an anticlimax. ¹

3. Noun. Triteness; triviality; banality. ¹

4. Noun. Overly sentimental and exaggerated pathos. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bathos

1. triteness [n -ES] - See also: triteness

Lexicographical Neighbors of Bathos

bathochromic
bathocuproine
bathoflore
batholite
batholith
batholithic
batholiths
batholitic
bathometer
bathometers
bathophenanthroline
bathophobia
bathorhodopsin
bathorse
bathorses
bathos (current term)
bathoses
bathrobe
bathrobed
bathrobes
bathroom
bathroom break
bathroom cleaner
bathroom fixture
bathroom singer
bathroom singers
bathroom tissue
bathroomless
bathroomlike
bathrooms

Literary usage of Bathos

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of Alexander Pope, Esq. by Alexander Pope, Joseph Warton (1797)
"THAT THERE IS AN ART OF THE bathos, OR PROFUND. now come to prove, that there is an Art of Sinking in ... I grant that to excel in the bathos a Genius is ..."

2. Cyclopedia of American Literature: Embracing Personal and Critical Notices by Evert Augustus Duyckinck, George Long Duyckinck (1856)
"For the sake of praise, Fame, the clear spirit that doth to heaven upraise, He wooed the bathos down great water-falls; The dizzy precipice, which the eye ..."

3. The Works ...: With the Author's Life and Character, Notes [etc.] In Eight by Jonathan Swift (1761)
"That the bathos, or profound, is the natural tape ... of the bathos is implanted l>y nature ... bathos ..."

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