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An abrupt change in style, usually from high to low; an unintended transition of style; an anticlimax
Triteness; triviality; banality
Depth, bottom
Overly sentimental and exaggerated pathos

I like you more than I can say; but I'll not sink into a bathos of sentiment: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte - 1847.

triteness or triviality of style
{i} melodrama, absurdity (in writing or speech)
Alexander Pope's Peri-Bathous, or the Art of Sinking in Poetry (1728) describes bathos as a poet's fall, in a work of some seriousness, into an unintentionally comic pathos
a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one
Not to be confused with pathos, bathos is the humorous arrangement of items so that a list of important or prestigious ideas precedes an inappropriate or inconsequential item For instance, "In the United States, Usama bin Laden is wanted for conspiracy, murder, terrorism, and unpaid parking tickets " Many modern humorists like Lewis Grizzard make liberal use of bathos, but the technique is common in older literature as well Famous examples appear in Lord Byron's mock-epic Don Juan and Alexander Pope's satires See rhetorical schemes for more information
insincere pathos
Sudden anticlimax - usually intentionally humorous
An unintentional shift from the sublime to the ridiculous which can result from the use of overly elevated language to describe trivial subject matter, or from an exaggerated attempt at pathos which misfires to the point of being ludicrous Bathos can be viewed as an unintentional anticlimax
In literary criticism, bathos is a sudden change in speech or writing from a serious or important subject to a ridiculous or very ordinary one. in writing, a play etc, a sudden change from a subject that is beautiful, moral, or serious to something that is ordinary, silly, or not important (from bathys )
A ludicrous descent from the elevated to the low, in writing or speech; anticlimax





    [ 'bA-"thäs ] (noun.) 1727. From Ancient Greek βάθος (bathos, “depth”). Used metaphorically from 1638 (Robert Sanderson). First used ironically by Pope (Bathos, 1727), in contrast to ὕψος (hypsos, “sublimity”).

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