pathos

Part of speech: noun

That which awakens tender feelings, as of compassion or sympathy.

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Usage examples "pathos":

  1. But apart from the humor of the book, it is alive with human interest, and there is pathos as well. - "A Prairie Infanta", Eva Wilder Brodhead.
  2. Yet no one- Miles Madigan least of all- saw the pathos of my lot. - "The Madigans", Miriam Michelson.
  3. The tale, heart- breaking for beauty and for pathos, neared its close. - "The Precipice", Elia Wilkinson Peattie.