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  • 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."

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