a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace; anticlimax.
insincere pathos; sentimentality; mawkishness.
triteness or triviality in style.
Rather like the way of life it celebrates, The Radetzky March hinges on trivia and bathos more than any real grand gesture.
Favorite Historical Novels Stella Tillyard November 8, 2011
In his fifth sonnet he may, I think, be said to have sounded the lowest chasm of the bathos.
The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 1 (of 4) Thomas Babington Macaulay
One of their favourite blunders is an amazing sort of bathos.
Utopia of Usurers and other Essays Gilbert Keith Chesterton
There is a scene or two in which he takes his amazonian Judith to the very edge of bathos.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, March 22, 1916 Various
Outwardly cynical, he was sentimental to the point of bathos.
Narcissus Evelyn Scott
There was a horrible and 190 sardonic humour in the whole business, a bathos that insulted the soul.
The Pools of Silence H. de Vere Stacpoole
The romance of these remarkable espousals was not to find its conclusion in bathos.
Vendetta Marie Corelli
But on the present occasion we will not presume that our friend has fallen into so deep a bathos of misfortune.
Hunting Sketches Anthony Trollope
Under the circumstances, there was bathos amid the poor girl’s pathos!
Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
The spear would not be said ‘almost to whirl about’ or ‘almost to revolve’; this involves a bathos.
Chaucer’s Works, Volume 6 (of 7) — Introduction, Glossary, and Indexes Geoffrey Chaucer
a sudden ludicrous descent from exalted to ordinary matters or style in speech or writing
insincere or excessive pathos
the lowest point; nadir
“anticlimax, a descent from the sublime to the ridiculous,” 1727, from Greek bathos “depth,” related to bathys “deep” (see benthos). Introduced by Pope.
- Bathroom humor
bathroom humor noun phrase Very gross and puerile wit:But bathroom humor, especially vile bathroom humor illustrated in full and graphic detail, has never appealed to me Contemporary Examples What prank list is complete without Jim Carrey and bathroom humor? April Fool’s! Hollywood’s Biggest Pranks Anna Klassen March 31, 2012
a washing or immersion of something, especially the body, in water, steam, etc., as for cleansing or medical treatment: I take a bath every day. Give the dog a bath. a quantity of water or other liquid used for this purpose: running a bath. a container for water or other cleansing liquid, as a bathtub. […]
the wife of Uriah and afterward of David: mother of Solomon. II Sam. 11, 12. a female given name: from a Hebrew phrase meaning “daughter of the oath.”. Historical Examples On hearing these and other similar remarks, a wild thought flashed into Gabriel’s mind that they might be speaking of Bathsheba. Far from the Madding […]
adj. “big-breasted,” 1825, from Greek bathykolpos, literally “deep-bosomed,” from bathys “deep” (see benthos) + kolpos “breast” (see gulf (n.)).