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From Latin pathicus, from Ancient Greek παθικός (pathikós), from πάθος (páthos, suffering, feeling), from πάσχω (páskhō, I feel, I suffer).



pathic (plural pathics)

  1. The passive male partner in anal intercourse.
    • 1810, Lord Byron, letter (to Henry Drury), 3 May 1810:
      In England the vices in fashion are whoring & drinking, in Turkey, Sodomy & smoking, we prefer a girl and a bottle, they a pipe and pathic.
    • 1959: William Burroughs, Naked Lunch
      And enough of these gooey saints with a look of pathic dismay as if they getting fucked up the ass and try not to pay any mind.
    • 1975: Robertson Davies, World of Wonders
      But in those days I was Paul Dempster, who had been made to forget it and take a name from the side of a barn, and be the pathic of a perverted drug-taker.
    • 1976: Robert Nye, Falstaff
      Clermont (known to his friends as Cordelia) was a nancy, a pathic, a male varlet, a masculine whore.

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pathic (comparative more pathic, superlative most pathic)

  1. passive; suffering

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for pathic in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)