pathos
Definition - Using an emotional appeal to change the audience's beliefs, opinions, or judgments.

Example -
I murdered her because my parents used to beat me.

Etymology -
The word derives from the Greek pathos, emotion.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1668:
"There is a certain gaiety in their comedies, and pathos in their more serious plays."
( Dryden Dram. Poesy Ess. (Ker) I. 81 )


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