Pathos vs Pain - What's the difference?

pathos | pain |

As nouns the difference between pathos and pain

is that pathos is pathos while pain is .

As an adverb pain is

towards, in/to the direction of.




  • The quality or property of anything which touches the feelings or excites emotions and passions, especially that which awakens tender emotions, such as pity, sorrow, and the like; contagious warmth of feeling, action, or expression; pathetic quality.
  • * 1874 , Thomas Hardy, Far From The Madding Crowd, 1874:
  • His voice had a genuine pathos now, and his large brown hands perceptibly trembled.
  • (rhetoric) A writer or speaker's attempt to persuade an audience through appeals involving the use of strong emotions such as pity.
  • (literature) An author's attempt to evoke a feeling of pity or sympathetic sorrow for a character.
  • (theology, philosophy) In theology and existentialist ethics following Kierkegaard and Heidegger, a deep and abiding commitment of the heart, as in the notion of "finding your passion" as an important aspect of a fully lived, engaged life.
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  • (countable, and, uncountable) An ache or bodily suffering, or an instance of this; an unpleasant sensation, resulting from a derangement of functions, disease, or injury by violence; hurt.
  • The greatest difficulty lies in treating patients with chronic pain .
    I had to stop running when I started getting pains in my feet.
  • (uncountable) The condition or fact of suffering or anguish especially mental, as opposed to pleasure; torment; distress; sadness; grief; solicitude; disquietude.
  • In the final analysis, pain is a fact of life.
    The pain of departure was difficult to bear.
  • (countable) An annoying person or thing.
  • Your mother is a right pain .
  • (uncountable, obsolete) Suffering inflicted as punishment or penalty.
  • You may not leave this room on pain of death.
    Interpose, on pain of my displeasure. — Dryden
    We will, by way of mulct or pain , lay it upon him. — Bacon
  • Labour; effort; pains.
  • Usage notes

    * Adjectives often used with "pain": mild, moderate, severe, intense, excruciating, debilitating, acute, chronic, sharp, dull, burning, steady, throbbing, stabbing, spasmodic, etc.


    * (an annoying person or thing) pest * See also


    * pleasure


    * agony * anguish * pang * neuropathic pain * nociceptive pain * phantom pain * psychogenic pain

    Derived terms

    * pain in the arse * pain in the ass * pain in the back * pain in the bum * pain in the butt * pain in the neck * painkiller * painy


    (en verb)
  • To hurt; to put to bodily uneasiness or anguish; to afflict with uneasy sensations of any degree of intensity; to torment; to torture.
  • The wound pained him.
  • To render uneasy in mind; to disquiet; to distress; to grieve.
  • It pains me to say that I must let you go.
  • (obsolete) To inflict suffering upon as a penalty; to punish.
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