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Via Latin from Greek Θρασων (a boastful soldier in Terence’s Eunuchus), from θρασυς ‘bold, spirited’.


  • IPA(key): /θɹəˈsɒnɪkəl/


thrasonical (comparative more thrasonical, superlative most thrasonical)

  1. Like Thraso (a character in the play Eunuchus by Terence); boastful, bragging, vainglorious.
    • 1556, Nicholas Ridley, bishop of London, quoted by John Fox in Acts & Monuments:
      The Sorbonicall clamours (which at Paris I haue ſene in time paſt whē poperie moſt raigned) might be worthily thought in compariſon of thys traſonicall oſtentation to haue had much modeſtie.
    • c. 1595–1596, W. Shakespere [i.e., William Shakespeare], A Pleasant Conceited Comedie Called, Loues Labors Lost. [] (First Quarto), imprinted in London: By W[illiam] W[hite] for Cut[h]bert Burby, published 1598, OCLC 61366361, [Act V, scene i]:
      His humour is loftie, his diſcourſe peremptorie: his tongue fyled, his eye ambitious, his gate maieſticall and his general behauiour vaine, rediculous, & thraſonicall. He is too picked, too ſpruce, too affected, to od, as it were, too peregrinat as I may call it.
    • 1976, Robert Nye, Falstaff:
      In amongst his general thrasonical ranting and ravings concerning his own merits, Skogan had promised the company that tomorrow the world would know how good his verses were – when he read aloud at the court gate some poem which he had written in honour of the birthday of Thomas, Duke of Clarence.

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