Definition of Pathetic fallacy

1. Noun. The fallacy of attributing human feelings to inanimate objects; 'the friendly sun' is an example of the pathetic fallacy.

Generic synonyms: Fallacy, False Belief



Definition of Pathetic fallacy

1. Noun. An error in logical argumentation which consists in treating inanimate objects or concepts as if they were human beings, for instance having thoughts or feelings. ¹

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Literary usage of Pathetic fallacy

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1. The Fortnightly Review (1866)
"ON THE USE OF METAPHOR AND "pathetic fallacy" IN POETRY. ... Yet here, he proceeds, in metaphor and pathetic fallacy, " is something pleasurable in written ..."

2. Poet Lore (1900)
"RUSKIN'S "pathetic fallacy" AND KEATS'S TREATMENT OF NATURE. HEN I speak of Keats's treatment of nature, I do not mean by " nature" what Pope or Dante or ..."

3. Selections and Essays by John Ruskin (1918)
"THE pathetic fallacy [Modern Painters, Vol. Ill, Ch. 12.] GERMAN dulness, and English affectation, have of late much multiplied among us the use of two of ..."

4. Composition for College Students by Joseph Morris Thomas, Frederick Alexander Manchester, Frank William Scott (1922)
"—Stevenson, A Lodging for the Night.1 The pathetic fallacy.—If the writer grasps this distinction between the direct portrayal of a state of mind and the ..."

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