WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ba•thos /ˈbeɪθɑs, -θoʊs/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. (in writing) a sudden change in subject matter from a high and serious topic to a commonplace and ridiculous one.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
ba•thos  (bāthos, -thôs, -thōs),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace;
  2. insincere pathos;
  3. triteness or triviality in style.
  • Greek: depth
  • 1630–40
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . maudlinness, tearfulness;
      mush, gush, schmaltz.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . insipidity, inanity.

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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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