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pathetic fallacy


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The attribution of human emotions or characteristics to inanimate objects or to nature; for example, angry clouds; a cruel wind.

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  • noun An error in logical argumentation which consists in treating inanimate objects or concepts as if they were human beings, for instance having thoughts or feelings.

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  • noun the fallacy of attributing human feelings to inanimate objects; `the friendly sun' is an example of the pathetic fallacy


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  • Noun. Assigning human characteristics or emotions to inanimate objects or to nature, for example: 'angry clouds', 'a cruel wind' ...

    June 16, 2008

  • Wikipedia notes that "The word 'pathetic' in this use is related to empathy (capability of feeling), and is not pejorative.

    June 16, 2008

  • "Many of you feel bad for this lamp."

    April 13, 2009