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  1. (in the Iliad) a Greek who accused Agamemnon of greed and Achilles of cowardice during the Trojan War.
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Examples from the Web for thersites

Historical Examples

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for thersites


  1. the ugliest and most evil-tongued fighter on the Greek side in the Trojan War, killed by Achilles when he mocked him
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