Common Senses: Pathos – 15 Words


a feeling of intense dislike

Why are fans supposed to feel antipathy for their local rivals?The Guardian (May 22, 2013)

an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

You are so bored you sink into a state of apathy close to a coma.Life of Pi

understanding and entering into another’s feelings

When your own life is threatened, your sense of empathy is blunted by a terrible, selfish hunger for survival.Life of Pi

sharing the feelings of others, especially sorrow or anguish

You envy his disciples, even as you may also feel a twinge of sympathy when their sincere best efforts fall short.New York Times (Jan 30, 2014)

extrasensory communication from one mind to another

This idea of “canine telepathy” has been suggested before–often, pet owners comment on how their dog seems to know what they’re thinking.Time (Jun 13, 2011)

deserving or inciting pity

“It’s a pathetic situation, helpless. They are crying and praying to God to save their daughters. If it was your child, how would you feel?”Salon (May 1, 2014)

any disease-producing agent

Most pathogens, such as influenza, need to invade you with an army of thousands to cause symptoms.Slate (Jan 30, 2014)

caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition

We walk a thinning line between diagnosing illness and teaching our youth to view any emotional upset as pathological.New York Times (Apr 17, 2014)

a person with an antisocial personality disorder

In fact, some people’s emotions are so disturbed after a night of sleep deprivation that they could be classified as psychopaths.Time (May 2, 2014)

a person with an antisocial personality disorder

Like children, sociopaths tend to put their own desires and well-being above those of others and often act on impulse without considering the repercussions.Scientific American (Aug 2, 2013)

the usual method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects differing from those produced by the disease itself

He said that the aim of allopathy was to poison him; of hydropathy to drown him; and of homeopathy to let him die unaided.Meredith, L. P.

a method of treating disease with small amounts of remedies that, in large amounts in healthy people, produce symptoms similar to those being treated

Naturopathy typically involves a variety of treatment techniques including nutrition, behavioral changes, herbal medicine, homeopathy and acupuncture.Washington Post (Apr 28, 2014)

the internal and external use of water in the treatment of disease

Perhaps hydropathy’s most visible legacy is in the popularly held belief in drinking eight glasses of water a day.Slate (Feb 9, 2014)

any pathology of the peripheral nerves

People with diabetes often lose feeling in their feet as a result of nerve damage, known as neuropathy.Reuters (Apr 14, 2014)

therapy based on the assumption that restoring health is best accomplished by manipulating the skeleton and muscles

The defendants included three medical doctors, a doctor of osteopathy and a chiropractor, the United States Department of Justice said in a news release.New York Times (Nov 2, 2011)

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