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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Pathos  \Pa"thos\,  n. 
  1.  The  quality  or  character  of  those  emotions,  traits,  or 
  experiences  which  are  personal,  and  therefore  restricted 
  and  evanescent;  transitory  and  idiosyncratic  dispositions 
  or  feelings  as  distinguished  from  those  which  are 
  universal  and  deep-seated  in  character;  --  opposed  to 
  2.  Suffering;  the  enduring  of  active  stress  or  affliction. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Pathos  \Pa"thos\,  n.  [L.,  from  Gr  pa`qos  a  suffering,  passion, 
  fr  ?,  ?,  to  suffer;  cf  ?  toil,  L.  pati  to  suffer,  E. 
  That  quality  or  property  of  anything  which  touches  the 
  feelings  or  excites  emotions  and  passions,  esp.,  that  which 
  awakens  tender  emotions,  such  as  pity,  sorrow,  and  the  like 
  contagious  warmth  of  feeling,  action  or  expression;  pathetic 
  quality;  as  the  pathos  of  a  picture,  of  a  poem,  or  of  a  cry. 
  The  combination  of  incident,  and  the  pathos  of 
  catastrophe.  --T.  Warton. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  quality  that  arouses  emotions  (especially  pity  or  sorrow); 
  "the  film  captured  all  the  pathos  of  their  situation" 
  [syn:  {poignancy}] 
  2:  a  feeling  of  sympathy  and  sorrow  for  the  misfortunes  of 
  others  "the  blind  are  too  often  objects  of  pity"  [syn:  {commiseration}, 
  {pity},  {ruth}] 
  3:  a  style  that  has  the  power  to  evoke  feelings 

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