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    I was looking at the definition of the word 'Pathos' at www.answers.com

    The site states the definition as the following:

    1. A quality, as of an experience or a work of art, that arouses feelings of pity, sympathy, tenderness, or sorrow.

    2. The feeling, as of sympathy or pity, so aroused.

    Now I have seen 'as of' often enough to develop a foggy understanding of it but I don't think I know it well enough to use it my own sentence. Well I can't even say I have a foggy understanding, as I had to take out 'as of an experience or a work of art' part in definition no.1 to clearly understand the sentence. Could you explain 'as of' in detail? Thank you.

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    Smile Re: as of

    Hello Harakiriblade,

    I do not have an official reply from a grammar reference book. However, when I see "as of" used in this manner, I would replace it with "as in" or "like".

    1. A quality, as of an experience or a work of art, that arouses feelings of pity, sympathy, tenderness, or sorrow.
    A quality, like an experience or a work of art, that arouses feelings of pity, sympathy, tenderness or sorrow.

    2. The feeling, as of sympathy or pity, so aroused.
    The feeling, like sympathy or pity, so aroused.

    I hope this helps, and I look forward to more responses!

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    Sweet Momma Sue

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