What does the word bathos mean?

Usage examples for bathos

  1. Wilson, impatient in everything, had fluctuated between grandeur and galimatias, bathos and bad taste; De Quincey, at times supreme, had at others simply succumbed to " rigmarole." – A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895) by George Saintsbury
  2. I had realised this when I was writing Framley Parsonage; and working on the conviction which had thus come home to me, I fell into no bathos of dulness. – Autobiography of Anthony Trollope by Anthony Trollope
  3. The romance of these remarkable espousals was not to find its conclusion in bathos. – Vendetta A Story of One Forgotten by Marie Corelli