pathos [pey-thos, -thohs, -thaws]noun
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 of sympathetic and kindly sorrow or compassion.
suffering.Can be confused
emotion, passion, poignancy, desolation, feeling, sentiment, poignanceSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.comOrigin:
1570–80; < Greek páthos suffering, sensation, akin to páschein to suffer
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