Pathological vs Pathos - What's the difference?

pathological | pathos |

As an adjective pathological

is (medicine) pertaining to pathology.

As a noun pathos is





(en adjective)
  • (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.
  • Synonyms

    * pathologic


    * (mathematics)

    Derived terms

    * pathologically




  • 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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