Pathos

Definition: the quality or power in an actual life experience or in literature,  music, speech, or other forms of expression, of evoking a feeling of pity, or of sympathetic and kindly sorrow or compassion; pity.

Origins: 1570–80; < Greek páthos suffering, sensation, akin to páschein to suffer

Example: The dramatic performance was rich in sad pathos and left the audience with teary eyes.

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