from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The arousing of emotion in someone who hears music; a passage designed to arouse emotions
- n. Speech that moves hearers emotionally, especially as the speaker attempts to elicit an emotional response by way of demonstrating his/her own feelings.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A speech, or figure of speech, designed to move the passion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A speech, or figure of speech, contrived to move the passions.
From Ancient Greek παθοποιία (pathopoiia); πάθος (pathos, "passion") + ποιέω (poieō, "make"). (Wiktionary)