Bathetic Ba*thet"ic, a. Having the character of bathos. [R.] [1913 Webster]

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  • bathetic — 1834, from BATHOS (Cf. bathos) on the model of pathetic, which, however, does not come directly from pathos (see PATHETIC (Cf. pathetic)), so the formation is either erroneous or humorous. Bathotic (1863, perhaps on model of chaotic) is not much… …   Etymology dictionary

  • bathetic — [bə thet′ik] adj. [< BATHOS by analogy with PATHETIC] characterized by bathos bathetically adv …   English World dictionary

  • bathetic — bathetically, adv. /beuh thet ik/, adj. displaying or characterized by bathos: the bathetic emotionalism of soap operas. [1825 35; BATH(OS) + ETIC, on the model of PATHETIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • bathetic — adjective Characterized by or pertaining to bathos. The fall is indeed the archetypal bathetic motion, a sudden, surprising downward rush degrading the pretensions of posture and mans bipedal pride …   Wiktionary

  • bathetic — bathos ► NOUN ▪ (in literature) an unintentional change in mood from the important and serious to the trivial or ridiculous. DERIVATIVES bathetic adjective. ORIGIN Greek, depth …   English terms dictionary

  • bathetic — adjective effusively or insincerely emotional a bathetic novel maudlin expressions of sympathy mushy effusiveness a schmaltzy song sentimental soap operas slushy poetry • Syn: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • bathetic — adjective Etymology: bathos + etic (as in pathetic) Date: 1845 characterized by bathos • bathetically adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bathetic — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Affectedly or extravagantly emotional: gushy, maudlin, mawkish, romantic, sentimental, slushy, sobby, soft, soppy. Informal: gooey, mushy, schmaltzy, sloppy, soupy. Slang: drippy, sappy, tear jerking. See FEELINGS …   English dictionary for students

  • bathetic — adj. absurd, melodramatic …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bathetic — ba·thet·ic …   English syllables

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