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bathetic

Definition:

effusively or insincerely emotional

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Comparative:

more bathetic

Superlative:

most bathetic

Similar to:

emotional

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

a bathetic novel

Etymology:

"bathos" on the model of pathetic, which, however, does not come directly from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

bathetic

containing or displaying bathos (4 of 352 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bathetic

Wikipedia:

Bathos

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... (40 of 308 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Bathos

Oxford Dictionary:

bathetic

producing an unintentional effect of anticlimax (6 of 31 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/bathetic

Wiktionary:

bathetic

Characterized by or pertaining to bathos. (6 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/bathetic

Merriam-Webster:

bathetic | bathetically [adverb, related]

characterized by bathos (3 of 22 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bathetic

American Heritage Dictionary:

bathetic | bathetically [adverb, related]

Characterized by bathos. (3 of 20 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bathetic

Random House Dictionary:

bathetic

displaying or characterized by bathos. (5 of 16 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/bathetic

New World Dictionary:

bathetic | bathetically [adverb, related]

characterized by bathos (3 of 15 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bathetic

Macmillan British Dictionary:

maudlin

talking in a sad and emotional way that seems silly, especially when you are drunk (15 of 38 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/maudlin

Cambridge Dictionary:

maudlin

feeling sad and having a lot of pity for yourself, especially after you have drunk a lot of alcohol (19 of 23 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/maudlin

Encarta Dictionary:

bathetic

showing or characterized by bathos | trite, commonplace, or absurdly sentimental (10 of 32 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861589237​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

bathetic

First use: 1834

Origin: "bathos" on the model of pathetic, which, however, does not come directly from pathos, so the formation is either erroneous or humorous. ... (23 of 34 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=bathetic

Merriam-Webster:

bathetic

First use: 1845

Origin: bathos + -etic (as in pathetic)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bathetic

American Heritage Dictionary:

bathetic

Origin: Probably blend of "bathos" and "pathetic".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bathetic

New World Dictionary:

bathetic

Origin: "bathos" by analogy with "pathetic"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bathetic

Encarta Dictionary:

bathetic

First use: Late 18th century

Origin: bathos, after pathos, pathetic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861589237​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

bathetic

Audio: British English pronunciation of "bathetic"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/bathetic

the Free Dictionary:

bathetic

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "bathetic"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "bathetic" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/bathetic

Google Dictionary:

bathetic

Audio: English pronunciation of "bathetic"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=bathetic

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

bathetic

Audio: North American pronunciation of "bathetic"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=bathet​01 word=bathetic

YourDictionary Audio:

bathetic

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "bathetic" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/bathetic

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