Word of the Day: Bathos

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Word of the Day: Bathos

Definition: In a literary work—an abrupt descent from the sublime or high-minded to the ridiculous.

Not to be confused with ‘pathos’. Pathos is a rhetorical technique that appeals to an audience’s emotions—such as sympathy or sorrow.

Bathos is most often used as comic relief. Monty Python and the Holy Grail has some good examples, including:

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