How does Socrates use ethos, pathos, and logos in his arguments?

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The previous educator response does a great job of answering this question. I'd like to add to her response by giving brief definitions of ethos, pathos and logos, along with a couple examples of their use by Socrates.

Ethos, pathos and logos are categories of argumentation or rhetorical appeal characterized by their use of different kinds of support for an argument. Ethos, from which we derive our English word, "ethics", is an appeal to the credibility or authority of the speaker. Ironically, Socrates often denies any knowledge of his own, claiming to ask questions because he is seeking a truth he has not yet...

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