Source of the word "pathetic." An almost predetermined likelihood that events will play out in a certain way. Resistance is futile (pathetic)... the 'stupidity' of trying to change things that are obviously going to go in a certain direction.
Manfred was overcome by the pathos in Hamlet.
Jimmy saw the oil all over the road right in front of his car, so he stomped on the brakes and turned the wheel to avoid the concrete wall on the other side. How pathetic.
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