Ther·​si·​tes (ˌ)thər-ˈsī-(ˌ)tēz How to pronounce Thersites (audio)
: a Greek warrior at Troy known as a carping critic and slain by Achilles for mocking him

Word History


Latin, from Greek Thersitēs

First Known Use

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Thersites was circa 1530

Dictionary Entries Near Thersites

Cite this Entry

“Thersites.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!