Definitions

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.

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek παθοποιία (pathopoiia); πάθος (pathos, "passion") + ποιέω (poieō, "make"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Rhetoric and (in later use) Music. The arousing of emotion in a hearer; a passage designed to arouse emotion or affect the emotions.

    August 6, 2008