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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," pathein "to suffer, feel," penthos "grief, sorrow;" from PIE root *kwent(h)- "to suffer."

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Definitions of pathos from WordNet

pathos (n.)
a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow);
the film captured all the pathos of their situation
Synonyms: poignancy
pathos (n.)
a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others;
Synonyms: commiseration / pity / ruth
pathos (n.)
a style that has the power to evoke feelings;
From wordnet.princeton.edu