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(HAY.thohs; TH as in thin) n. Feelings of pleasure derived from hating someone or something.
—hathotic adj.

an effortless blend of hate and pathos. The word may be nearly 17 years old (it was coined by journalist Alex Heard in 1987.
Why pay good money and drive to the multiplex to obtain hathos when The Ricki Lake Show beams it in every weekday for free?

I feel that way about Bill O'Reilly. O'Reilly is compelling in some mysterious way. You find yourself watching him the way you sometimes smell your own farts: it's disgusting, but you can't help yourself.
--Andrew Sullivan
by dick13 March 13, 2009
Ha·thos \ˈhā-ˌthōs\ (noun). Ha·thet·ic \hā-ˈthe-tik\ (adj). Coined by Alex Heard in 1987. Meaning: something so unpleasant you can't help but be riveted by it, for example, Bill O'Reilly, Pat Robertson, Rebecca Black, the Westboro Baptist Church, and the smell of one's own farts.
Margie Phelps announcing that Westboro Baptist Church will be picketing Steve Job's funeral -- from her iPhone -- was pure hathos.
by Gunnvor October 06, 2011
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