thra·​son·​i·​cal thrā-ˈsä-ni-kəl How to pronounce thrasonical (audio)
: of, relating to, resembling, or characteristic of Thraso : bragging, boastful
thrasonically adverb

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Thraso was a blustering old soldier in the comedy Eunuchus, a play written by the great Roman dramatist Terence more than 2,000 years ago. Terence is generally remembered for his realistic characterizations, and in Thraso he created a swaggerer whose vainglorious boastfulness was not soon to be forgotten. Thraso's reputation as a braggart lives on in "thrasonical," a word that boasts a history as an English adjective for more than 450 years.

Word History


Latin Thrason-, Thraso Thraso, braggart soldier in the comedy Eunuchus by Terence

First Known Use

1564, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thrasonical was in 1564


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“Thrasonical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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