Pa*thet"ic (?), a. [L. patheticus, Gr. , fr. , , to suffer: cf. F. path'etique. See Pathos.]


Expressing or showing anger; passionate.



Affecting or moving the tender emotions, esp. pity or grief; full of pathos; as, a pathetic song or story.

"Pathetic action."


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

Pathetic muscle Anat., the superior oblique muscle of the eye. -- Pathetic nerve Anat., the fourth cranial, or trochlear, nerve, which supplies the superior oblique, or pathetic, muscle of the eye. -- The pathetic, a style or manner adapted to arouse the tender emotions.


© Webster 1913.

Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors.