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thespian

play
adjective thes·pi·an \ˈthes-pē-ən\

Definition of thespian

  1. 1 capitalized :  of or relating to Thespis

  2. 2 often capitalized [from the tradition that Thespis was the originator of the actor's role] :  relating to the drama :  dramatic

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Greek drama was originally entirely performed by choruses. According to tradition, the Greek dramatist Thespis, of the 6th century B.C., was the inventor of tragedy and the first to write roles for the individual actor as distinct from the chorus, and the actor's exchanges with the chorus were the first dramatic dialogue. Since Thespis himself performed the individual parts in his own plays, he was also the first true actor. Ever since choruses disappeared from drama, thespians have filled all the roles in plays. Thespian is also an adjective; thus, we can speak of "thespian ambitions" and "thespian traditions", for example.

1567

First Known Use of thespian

1567

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thespian

noun thes·pi·an

Definition of thespian

  1. :  actor

Examples of thespian in a sentence

  1. a renowned thespian and director

  2. <although she's acted in a couple of horror movies, I'd hardly call her one of our more promising thespians>

1827

First Known Use of thespian

1827

Other Performing Arts Terms


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