bathos

Part of speech: noun

A ridiculous descent from the lofty to the commonplace in discourse.

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Usage examples "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)", 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", Anthony Trollope.
  3. The romance of these remarkable espousals was not to find its conclusion in bathos. - "Vendetta A Story of One Forgotten", Marie Corelli.