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Meaning of pathos

pa•thos

Pronunciation: (pā'thos, -thōs, -thôs), [key]
— n.
  1. the quality or power in an actual life experience or in literature, music, speech, or other forms of expression, of evoking a feeling of pity or compassion.
  2. pity.
  3. suffering.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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