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 Shakespeare began 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. Twentieth-century writers (including James Joyce and W.H. Auden) continued its renaissance, and today "orgulous" is an elegant choice for proud writers everywhere.

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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