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ASC’s Word of the Day–3/21/2011

Posted by ccasc on March 21, 2011

Pathos

[pey-thos, -thohs, -thaws] (n.) the quality or power of evoking a feeling of pity or compassion.

*from the Greek pathos, literally meaning “what befalls one.”

“Whenever you find humor, you find pathos close by his side.”

~Edwin P. Whipple

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