WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ba•thos /ˈbeɪθɑs, -θoʊs/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]

    (in writing) a sudden change in subject matter from a high and serious topic to a commonplace and ridiculous one.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

bathos /ˈbeɪθɒs/ n
  1. a sudden ludicrous descent from exalted to ordinary matters or style in speech or writing
  2. insincere or excessive pathos
Etymology: 18th Century: from Greek: depth, from bathus deep

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