Definitions

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  • n. Enjoyment derived from hatred of a person or thing.

Etymologies

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Blend of hate and pathos. According to journalist Alex Heard, this word was coined in 1985 when he was searching for a word to describe the "cringe-y feeling you get when celebs go AWOL" and attended a Super Bowl party where he and another guest, then-Bob Dole press aide Scott Richardson, exchanged ideas until they came up with "hathos." The word's first apparent use in print was in an essay by Heard, published in the The Washington Post on May 17, 1987.

Examples

  • Douglas LeBlanc was the GetReligionista who was officially in charge of posting "hathos" alerts linked to mainstream media coverage of religion news.

    GetReligion

  • If I'm getting this "hathos" thing (and I'm not clear that I am) wouldn't "Santa Baby" sung by ANYONE from Eartha Kitt to Taylor Swift be an example?

    Blog updates

  • He's still out there, lurking, and he sent us an alert this morning for the first hathos - A pleasurable sense of loathing, or a loathing sense of pleasure, aroused by certain schlocky, schmaltzy or just - plain-bad show-business personalities: "Hearing the audience applaud when Dr. Joyce Brothers told Merv Griffin that, aside from being a brilliant comedienne, Charo is a 'genius on the classical guitar' filled me with hathos."

    GetReligion

  • As for hathos-inducing Christmas carols, they include, but are not limited to, "Grandma got run over by a reindeer",

    Blog updates

  • Compliments of the season, Mr. Covarrubias. hathos, a term for attraction to something one finds repellant.

    Blog updates

  • I'm also indebted to Mr. Covarrubias for a new word, hathos attraction to something one finds repellant.

    Blog updates

  • For any baseball fan, the name of Pete Rose generates an instant reaction, ranging from gut-level hathos, to naked contempt, to misplaced adolation.

    At Longing's End

  • Thomas Kinkade movies, Kirk Cameron (Oh, the hathos!), and hot chicks with d-bags?

    The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

  • K’dackis’s appeal went beyond mere hathos and anger.

    365 tomorrows » Jared Axelrod : A New Free Flash Fiction SciFi Story Every Day

  • He's also more commonly known to regular readers of Buffalo Pundit's blog as a desperate attention whore with a burning hathos for our site.

    Buffalo Geek

Comments

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  • Is this a portmanteau for hate + pathos (or bathos)?

    December 19, 2008

  • So where are all the s-word listers for this one?

    August 23, 2008

  • (fr. WordSpy, n.) Feelings of pleasure derived from hating someone or something.

    May 15, 2008