- the quality or power in an actual life experience or in literature, music, speech, or other forms of expression, of evoking a feeling of pity, or of sympathetic and kindly sorrow or compassion.
- Obsolete. suffering.
- a diseased condition.
- the quality or power, esp in literature or speech, of arousing feelings of pity, sorrow, etc
- a feeling of sympathy or pitya stab of pathos
n.“quality that arouses pity or sorrow,” 1660s, from Greek pathos “suffering, feeling, emotion, calamity,” literally “what befalls one,” related to paskhein “to suffer,” and penthos “grief, sorrow;” from PIE root *kwent(h)- “to suffer, endure” (cf. Old Irish cessaim “I suffer,” Lithuanian kenčiu “to suffer,” pakanta “patience”). n. pl. path•o•ses (-sēz′)
- A state of disease.
- A diseased condition.
- A disease entity.