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Monday, December 12, 2016

Definitions for thrasonical

  1. boastful; vainglorious.

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Citations for thrasonical
His humour is lofty, his discourse peremptory, his tongue filed, his eye ambitious, his gait majestical, and his general behaviour vain, ridiculous, and thrasonical. William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, 1598
... [The audience] howled its delight over the ignominy of Pantaloon, the buffooneries of his sprightly lackey Harlequin, and the thrasonical strut and bellowing fierceness of the cowardly Rhodomont. Rafael Sabatini, Scaramouche: A Romance of the French Revolution, 1921
Origin of thrasonical
1555-1565
The Greek original for the Latin New Comedy character Thraso is Thrásōn, a stock character in New Comedy for a boastful soldier. The Greek name means “braggart” and is a derivative of the adjective thrasýs meaning “bold, confident, arrogant, insolent.” The most distinguished use of thrasonical is in Rosalind’s speech in Shakespeare’s As You Like It (1616), “…Caesar's thrasonical brag of 'I came, saw, and / overcame’...” The word entered English in the mid-1500s.