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Definition of pathos:

  1. Suffering; the enduring of active stress or affliction.
  2. That quality or property of anything which touches the feelings or excites emotions and passions, esp., that which awakens tender emotions, such as pity, sorrow, and the like; contagious warmth of feeling, action, or expression; pathetic quality; as, the pathos of a picture, of a poem, or of a cry.

Synonyms:

poignancy, commiseration, sympathetic chord, sadness, feeling, condolence, bathos, compassion, pity, Ruth, tenderness, emotion, desolation, poignance, woe, sentiment, sympathy, shame.

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