bathos


bathos

noun

  1. a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace; anticlimax.
  2. insincere pathos; sentimentality; mawkishness.
  3. triteness or triviality in style.

noun

  1. a sudden ludicrous descent from exalted to ordinary matters or style in speech or writing
  2. insincere or excessive pathos
  3. triteness; flatness
  4. the lowest point; nadir
n.

“anticlimax, a descent from the sublime to the ridiculous,” 1727, from Greek bathos “depth,” related to bathys “deep” (see benthos). Introduced by Pope.

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