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
Pa"thos (?), n. [L., from Gr.
pa`qos a suffering, passion, fr. ?, ?, to suffer; cf.
? toil, L. pati to suffer, E. patient.] 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.