abydocomist

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Ἀβυδοκόμης (Abudokómēs), after the town Ἄβυδος (Ábudos, Abydos), the inhabitants of which were known for inventing slanders and boasting of them.

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abydocomist (plural abydocomists)

  1. (obsolete) A liar or sycophant who boasts of his falsehood.
    • The character Sir John Falstaff from Shakespeare's plays (Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor) is a famous example of an abydocomist.
      Falstaff: "I may lie, but I am no counterfeit." (paraphrased)
    • 2016, Sam Pickering, One Grand, Sweet Song[1]:
      Most of us, I am afraid, are only nominal Christians, but at least there are no Sethians or Seleucians among us, not even a single bitter abydocomist. Convert has slipped from our vocabularies.
    • 2017, M. Q. Gelfand, Wraith[2]:
      The point of this expedition was to spend as much of Sand's gold as possible, only purchasing the most useless and cumbersome ... Including a massive rug from that abydocomist large enough to be its own small shop in this traveling market.
    • 2018, Jordan Kyree Lane, KRISHNA GHJI: The Assassin's Medallion: A War Without End[3]:
      "Give me the key." I commanded while gasping. "You want this key you filthy scumbag! Then come and get it you abydocomist!" Zulaia screamed at the top of her lungs.

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