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[ther-sahy-teez] /θərˈsaɪ tiz/
(in the Iliad) a Greek who accused Agamemnon of greed and Achilles of cowardice during the Trojan War. Unabridged
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  • Thersites, the ugliest of mortals, chose the form of an ape.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • All this was well enough; but Looe had a Thersites in its camp.

    Merry-Garden and Other Stories

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • He was a species of Thersites, and no dread of punishment could control his railing.

    The King's Own Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Thersites' mood has past, and now for benevolence and friendship.

  • At sight of him, Homer's Thersites came to the mind of Petronius.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • The chief exception (Thersites) is described in a way which only proves the rule.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • All this about Thersites is really "saga" stuff,—invented about the date of the Aethiopis.

    The World of Homer

    Andrew Lang
  • The devil and the Other are, as it were, characters; one may speak of them just as of Achilles and Thersites.

    The Queen Pedauque Anatole France
  • It is the very vice which Homer attacks in the odious character of Thersites.

    Amelia Henry Fielding
  • Achilles or Thersites; sometimes a hero, at others a villain.

British Dictionary definitions for Thersites


the ugliest and most evil-tongued fighter on the Greek side in the Trojan War, killed by Achilles when he mocked him
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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