Pathological vs Pathos - What's the difference?
As an adjective pathological
is (medicine) pertaining to pathology.
As a noun pathos is
(medicine) Pertaining to pathology.
(medicine) Relating to, amounting to, causing, or caused by a physical or mental disorder.
(mathematics) Having properties which are counterintuitive or difficult to handle.
(computer science) Having properties that cause unusually bad behaviour, especially regarding correctness or performance.
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:
(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.
- His voice had a genuine pathos now, and his large brown hands perceptibly trembled.