- Characterized by bathos. See Synonyms at sentimental.
[Probably blend of bathos, and pathetic.]
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…
- An abrupt, unintended transition in style from the exalted to the commonplace, producing a ludicrous effect.
- An anticlimax.
- Insincere or grossly sentimental pathos: “a richly textured man who… can be… sentimental to the brink of bathos” (Kenneth L. Woodward).
- Banality; triteness.
[Greek, depth, from bathus, deep.]