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[fat-ik] /ˈfæt ɪk/

denoting speech used to express or create an atmosphere of shared feelings, goodwill, or sociability rather than to impart information:
phatic communion.
(of speech, esp of conversational phrases) used to establish social contact and to express sociability rather than specific meaning

1923, coined by Polish-born British anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski (1884-1942) from Greek phatos “spoken, that may be spoken,” from phanai “to speak, say” (see fame (n.)) + -ic.


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