jason christoper hartley

May 22, 2006

Word of the Day – bathetic

Filed under: Word of the Day — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 9:29 pm


  1. Characterized by bathos. See Synonyms at sentimental.

[Probably blend of bathos, and pathetic.]

From American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed.

From Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation:

My hopes for Eats, Shoots & Leaves were bold but bathetic; chirpy but feet-on-the-ground; presumptuous yet significantly parenthetical.

But the word we really want to define is…


    1. An abrupt, unintended transition in style from the exalted to the commonplace, producing a ludicrous effect.
    2. An anticlimax.
    1. Insincere or grossly sentimental pathos: “a richly textured man who… can be… sentimental to the brink of bathos” (Kenneth L. Woodward).
    2. Banality; triteness.

[Greek, depth, from bathus, deep.]

From American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

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