Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)


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Pathetic (Page: 1051)

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

1. Expressing or showing anger; passionate. [Obs.]

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

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.