bathetic

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Etymology[edit]

bathos +‎ -etic, based on the form of pathos and pathetic.

Adjective[edit]

bathetic (comparative more bathetic, superlative most bathetic)

  1. Characterized by or pertaining to bathos.
    • 1995, Rupert D. V. Glasgow, Madness, Masks, and Laughter: An Essay on Comedy, page 214:
      The fall is indeed the archetypal bathetic motion, a sudden, surprising downward rush degrading the pretensions of posture and man's bipedal pride.
    • 2003 December 13, Harold Bloom, “The knight in the mirror”, in The Guardian[1]:
      To ask what it is that Don Quixote himself believes is to enter the visionary centre of his story. This curious blend of the sublime and the bathetic does not come again until Kafka, another pupil of Cervantes, would compose stories like "The Hunter Gracchus" and "A Country Doctor".