- Glossary definition: Bathos
(Greek, 'depth')

Means 'anticlimax' and is used in literary criticism to describe a sudden change from something serious or grand to something absurd or commonplace. Alexander Pope's Peri-Bathous, or the Art of Sinking in Poetry (1728) describes bathos as a poet's fall, in a work of some seriousness, into an unintentionally comic pathos.