from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An abrupt, unintended transition in style from the exalted to the commonplace, producing a ludicrous effect.
- n. An anticlimax.
- n. Insincere or grossly sentimental pathos: "a richly textured man who . . . can be . . . sentimental to the brink of bathos” ( Kenneth L. Woodward).
- n. Banality; triteness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Depth, bottom.
- n. An abrupt change in style, usually from high to low; an unintended transition of style; an anticlimax.
- n. Triteness; triviality; banality.
- n. Overly sentimental and exaggerated pathos.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A ludicrous descent from the elevated to the low, in writing or speech; anticlimax.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Depth; lowest part or stage; bottom.
- n. A ludicrous descent from the elevated to the commonplace or ridiculous in writing or speech; a sinking; anticlimax.
- n. Synonyms Fustian, Turgidness, etc. See bombast.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. triteness or triviality of style
- n. a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one
- n. insincere pathos
Greek, depth, from bathus, deep.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek βάθος (bathos, "depth"). Used metaphorically from 1638 (Robert Sanderson). First used ironically by Pope (Bathos, 1727), in contrast to ὕψος (hypsos, "sublimity"). (Wiktionary)