The descent from the sublime to the ridiculous. This expression comes from Pope's satire Peri Bathous, or the Art of Sinking (1727).
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[n] - triteness or triviality of style
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anti-climax, designed to shock or amuse. e.g. The Queen stepped graciously out of her gleaming limousine, walked up the red carpet in suitably regal style--then gave a huge yawn, bored with the day's proceedings. (The reader has been built up to expect one type of serious, ceremonial atmosphere but ...
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Ba'thos (bā'thŏs) noun [ Greek ba`qos depth, from baqy`s deep.] (Rhet.) A ludicrous descent from the elevated to the low, in writing or speech; anticlimax.
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noun triteness or triviality of style
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• (n.) A ludicrous descent from the elevated to the low, in writing or speech; anticlimax.
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(from Greek bathys, `deep`), unsuccessful, and therefore ludicrous, attempt to portray pathos in art, i.e., to evoke pity, sympathy, or sorrow. The ...
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bathos (Greek) Depth. Literally 'depth', but figuratively 'dull' or 'inane', generally to a ludicrous degree. The term has been misused with pathos, which is something entirely different: the Greek pathos, like the Latin passio, means 'suffering', and a pathetic work is one which depicts, or elici...
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Bathos (Greek βάθος, meaning depth) is an abrupt transition in style from the exalted to the commonplace, producing a ludicrous effect. While often unintended, bathos may be used deliberately to produce a humorous effect. If bathos is overt, it may be described as Burlesque or mock-heroic. As ...
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Alexander Pope's Peri-Bathous, or the Art of Sinking in Poetry (1728) describes bathos as a poet's fall, in a work of some seriousness, into an unintentionally comic pathos.
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- triteness or triviality of style
- insincere pathos
- a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one
In literary theory, sudden descent from the important and serious to the ridiculous or comic; when it occurs at the end of a passage or sequence, it is a form of anticlimax. In weak or inexperienced writers, bathos is usually unintentional
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1) Anticlimax 2) Crocodile tears 3) Expressive style 4) Maudlinism 5) Mawkishness 6) Schmaltz 7) Style
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