Figure Name pathos
Source Bullinger (1898) ("pathopoeIa; or, pathos"); Kellog (1880) ("pathos")
Earliest Source
Synonyms pathopoeIa
Etymology Path'-o-poe-i-a Gr. pathos "a feeling" or "passion" and poiein "to make"
Type None
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1. The Expression of Feeling or Emotion... This figure is so called, because the writer or speaker manifests some pathos or emotion: or betrays some strong and excited condition of mind. It is of four kinds:-
Two arising out of pleasure: love and joy. And
Two arising out of pain: hatred and sorrow. (Bullinger, 897)

2. PATHOS.-Pathos is a quality of style found in passages which express sorrow or grief, or sympathy with these. Pathos brings tears into the eye and tremulousness into the voice. It has some natural connection with humor. Laughter and tears lie close to each other, and the transition from the humorous to the pathetic is short and easy. Pathetic passages, full of tender feeling, abound in discourse of almost every kind. (Kellog, 165)


1. Examples, which are to may and too long to be quoted in full, may be found in Isa. 22:4; 49:15. Jer. 9:1, 2; 23:9, 10; 31:20. Hos. 11:8, 9. Mark 3:5; 7:34; 10:14, 21. Luke 19:41, 42. Acts 7:54, 57. 2 Cor. 2:4. Gal. 4:19, 20. 2 Tim. 1:16-18. (Bullinger, 897)

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