Bathos

  • 1Bathos — is from the Greek , meaning depth . As used in English it originally referred to a particular type of bad poetry, but it is now used more broadly to cover any ridiculous artwork or performance. More strictly speaking, bathos is unintended humor… …

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  • 2bathos — anticlimax, a descent from the sublime to the ridiculous, 1727, from Gk. bathos depth, related to bathys deep; introduced by Pope …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3bathos — [bā′thäs΄, bā′thôs΄] n. [Gr bathos, depth < bathys: see BATHY ] 1. an abrupt, often ludicrous change from the lofty to the ordinary or trivial in writing or speech; unintentional anticlimax 2. false pathos; sentimentality 3. hackneyed quality; …

    English World dictionary

  • 4Bathos — Ba thos (b[=a] th[o^]s), n. [Gr. ba qos depth, fr. baqy s deep.] (Rhet.) A ludicrous descent from the elevated to the low, in writing or speech; anticlimax. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5Bathos — (gr., Tiefe), bei älteren Ästhetikern das Erhabene; bei neueren gemeine, kriechende, erhaben sein sollende Schreibart …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 6Bathos — (griech. die Tiefe), niedere Rede und Schreibart …

    Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • 7bathos — *pathos, poignancy Analogous words: mawkishness, maudlinism, soppiness, mushiness (see corresponding adjectives at SENTIMENTAL) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8bathos — [n] sentimentality anticlimax, comedown, letdown, melodrama, mush, schmaltz*; concepts 32,410,689 …

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  • 9bathos — ► 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

  • 10bathos — [18] Bathos, the descent from the sublime to the commonplace, means etymologically ‘depth’. It represents Greek báthos, a derivative of the adjective bathús ‘deep’ (which has also given English such technical terms as bathyal ‘of the deep sea’,… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 11bathos — [18] Bathos, the descent from the sublime to the commonplace, means etymologically ‘depth’. It represents Greek báthos, a derivative of the adjective bathús ‘deep’ (which has also given English such technical terms as bathyal ‘of the deep sea’,… …

    Word origins

  • 12Bathos — Das Báthos (griechisches Neutrum βάθος, „Tiefe“) steht im übertragenen Sinne für Niedrigkeit und Gesunkenheit. Der Begriff wird insbesondere in der Literaturwissenschaft verwendet. In der Literatur ist ein Bathos die Gegenüberstellung eines… …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 13bathos — /bay thos, thaws, thohs/, n. 1. a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace; anticlimax. 2. insincere pathos; sentimentality; mawkishness. 3. triteness or triviality in style. [1630 40; < Gk: depth] Syn. 2. maudlinness,&#8230; …

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  • 14bathos — noun a) Depth, bottom. I like you more than I can say; but Ill not sink into a bathos of sentiment: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte 1847. b) An abrupt change in style, usually from high to low; an unintended transition of style; an anticlimax …

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  • 15bathos —  From the Greek bathus, meaning deep, bathos can be used to indicate the lowest point or nadir, or triteness and insincerity. But its usual use is in describing an abrupt descent from an elevated position to the commonplace. It is not the&#8230; …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 16bathos —    From the Greek bathus, meaning deep, bathos can be used to indicate the lowest point or nadir, or triteness and insincerity. But its usual use is in describing an abrupt descent from an elevated position to the commonplace. It is not the&#8230; …

    Dictionary of troublesome word

  • 17bathos — [[t]be͟ɪθɒs[/t]] N UNCOUNT In literary criticism, bathos is a sudden change in speech or writing from a serious or important subject to a ridiculous or very ordinary one. [TECHNICAL] Syn: anticlimax …

    English dictionary

  • 18bathos — noun (U) a sudden change from a beautiful, moral, or serious subject to one that is ordinary, silly, or not important: a sentimental poem, trembling on the verge of bathos …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19bathos — noun the story ends with such a stroke of bathos, you re not sure whether to laugh or scream Syn: anticlimax, letdown, disappointment, disillusionment; absurdity; informal comedown …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20bathos — noun Etymology: Greek, literally, depth Date: 1727 1. a. the sudden appearance of the commonplace in otherwise elevated matter or style b. anticlimax 2. exceptional commonplaceness …

    New Collegiate Dictionary