orgulous

adjective
or·​gu·​lous | \ ˈȯr-gyə-ləs How to pronounce orgulous (audio) , -gə- \

Definition of orgulous

: proud

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"In Troy, there lies the scene. From Isles of Greece / The princes orgulous, their high blood chaf'd, / Have to the port of Athens sent their ships." Thus William Shakespeare begins the Trojan War tale Troilus and Cressida, employing orgulous, a colorful word first adopted in the 13th century from Anglo-French orguillus. After the Bard's day, orgulous dropped from sight for 200 years; there is no record of its use until it was rejuvenated by the pens of Robert Southey and Sir Walter Scott in the early 1800s. 20th-century authors (including James Joyce and W. H. Auden) continued its renaissance, and it remains an elegant (if infrequent) choice for today's writers.

First Known Use of orgulous

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orgulous

Middle English, from Anglo-French orguillus, from orguil pride, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German urguol distinguished

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“Orgulous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orgulous. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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