Pathos vs Sadness - What's the difference?

pathos | sadness |

As nouns the difference between pathos and sadness

is that pathos is pathos while sadness is (uncountable) the state or emotion of being sad.




  • 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.
  • Anagrams

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  • (uncountable) The state or emotion of being sad.
  • (countable) An event in one's life that causes sadness.
  • She has experienced many sadnesses in her forty years.


    * (state of being sad) forlornness, melancholy * (event causing sadness) misfortune, woe