1. Expressing or showing anger; passionate. [Obs.]
2. Affecting or moving the tender emotions, esp. 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. Porter.
Pathetic muscle Anat., the superior oblique muscle of the eye.
Pathetic nerve Anat., 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.