When describing rhetorical appeals, 'ethos' can become 'ethical,' and 'logos' can become 'logical.' But what about 'pathos'? The closest I can come up with is 'pathetic,' but some research tells me that using the word pathetic to mean 'relating to emotions' is an archaic definition. I was also considering using 'pathetical' to differentiate from the piteous connotation of 'pathetic'. Is there a more fitting word that I could use?
- showing empathy or ready comprehension of others' states; "a sensitive and empathetic school counselor"
or sympathetic may suggest the idea: (from TFD)
Of, expressing, feeling, or resulting from sympathy: a sympathetic glance.
characterised by, feeling, or showing sympathy; understanding
1: of or relating to the emotions
2: appealing to or expressing emotion the emotive use of language