- s effusively or insincerely emotional
a bathetic novel
- Death on The Sopranos can be operatic or bathetic; in the first two episodes screened for critics, one mobster dies in a bloody shooting, another ignominiously of cancer.
- Affecting but not bathetic, this artful study goes to the head of the foreign-film class.
- Then again, De Niro and Streep would have trouble bringing to life an inert mix of farce and sentiment that ends up being both exploitative and bathetic kiddie corn.
- David Mellor in Independent
David Mellor wrote in the Mail on Sunday, about her performance of Holst's "Jupiter", "The great soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf once coined a word that sums up perfectly the sheer awfulness of this bathetic rubbish: vomitacious."