New Word Wednesday

bathos (BAY-thos) noun

  1. in speech or writing, a ludicrous descent from the sublime to the commonplace; an anticlimax.
  2. sentimentality, mawkishness.

From The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate.

 

The senator’s address, predictably enough, suffered as much from bathos as from lack of any real content.

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