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Nov 20, 2015
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bathos

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bathos

PRONUNCIATION:
(BAY-thas, -thos)

MEANING:
noun: An abrupt descent from lofty or sublime to the commonplace; anticlimax.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek bathos (depth). Earliest documented use: 1638.

USAGE:
“Yet still there is a notion that real space exploration needs real people. And so we are forced to witness, on the one hand, the bathos of astronauts taking pizza deliveries on the International Space Station, a mere 400km from Earth’s surface -- and on the other, the genuine tragedies of men and women dying in our attempts to put them in space.”
Philip Ball; Philae is Boldly Going Where No Man Should Go -- Let’s Leave Space to the Robots; The Guardian (London, UK); Jun 15, 2015.

See more usage examples of bathos in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag, wash it. -Norman Thomas, socialist and social reformer (20 Nov 1884-1968)

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