[n] a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow); "the film captured all the pathos of their situation"
[n] a style that has the power to evoke feelings
[n] a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others; "the blind are too often objects of pity"
One of the three modes of persuasion in rhetoric (along with ethos and logos). Pathos is appeal based on emotion.
commiseration, pity, poignancy, ruth
expressive style, fellow feeling, quality, style, sympathy