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pathetic fallacy

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

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

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    April 13, 2009

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

    June 16, 2008

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

    June 16, 2008