pathetic fallacy

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pathetic fallacy

n.
The attribution of human emotions or characteristics to inanimate objects or to nature; for example, angry clouds; a cruel wind.
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pathetic fallacy

n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (in literature) the presentation of inanimate objects in nature as possessing human feelings
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pathet′ic fal′lacy


n.
the endowment of nature, inanimate objects, etc., with human traits and feelings, as in the smiling skies.
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Noun1.pathetic fallacy - the fallacy of attributing human feelings to inanimate objects; `the friendly sun' is an example of the pathetic fallacy
fallacy, false belief - a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning
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