From The Free Dictionary:
pa·thos (pths, -thôs)
1. A quality, as of an experience or a work of art, that arouses feelings of pity, sympathy, tenderness, or sorrow.
2. The feeling, as of sympathy or pity, so aroused.
[Greek, suffering; see kwent(h)- in Indo-European roots.]
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