The pathetic
Pathetic Pa*thet"ic, a. [L. patheticus, Gr. ?, fr. ?, ?, to suffer: cf. F. path['e]tique. See {Pathos}.] 1. Expressing or showing anger; passionate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. Affecting or moving the tender emotions, esp. pity or grief; full of pathos; as, a pathetic song or story. ``Pathetic action.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

No theory of the passions can teach a man to be pathetic. --E. Porter. [1913 Webster]

{Pathetic muscle} (Anat.), the superior oblique muscle of the eye.

{Pathetic nerve} (Anat.), the fourth cranial, or trochlear, nerve, which supplies the superior oblique, or pathetic, muscle of the eye.

{The pathetic}, a style or manner adapted to arouse the tender emotions. [1913 Webster]


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