1. Expressing or showing anger; passionate.
2. Affecting or moving the tender emotions, especially. 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.
(Science: anatomy) porter) Pathetic muscle, 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.
Origin: L. Patheticus, Gr, fr, to suffer: cf. F. Pathetique. See Pathos.