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Pathetic


PATHET'IC

PATHET'ICAL, adjective [Gr. passion; to suffer.] Affecting or moving the passions, particularly pity, sorrow, grief or other tender emotion; as a pathetic song or discourse; pathetic expostulation.

No theory of the passions can teach a man to be pathetic

PATHET'IC, noun Style or manner adapted to awaken the passions, especially tender emotions.

A musician at Venice is said to have so excelled in the pathetic as to be able to play any of his auditors into distraction.