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bathos

ba·thos

bathos

 
 
pronunciation:
beI thos
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sudden descent from an exalted style or esteemed state to the commonplace.
When the police chief reported the contents of the fearsome warlord's pockets, which included lip balm, the bathos was undeniable.
similar words:
anticlimax, comedown, decline, descent, disappointment, drop, fall, letdown
definition 2: false or very excessive sentimentality, esp. in order to evoke pity; mawkishness.
synonyms:
mawkishness, sentimentality
similar words:
corn, pathos, schmaltz
derivation: bathetic (adj.)