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Build your vocabulary with Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day! Each day a Merriam-Webster editor offers insight into a fascinating new word -- explaining its meaning, current use, and little-known details about its origin.



February 24th, 2015

Episode 117 of 688 episodes

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 24, 2015 is: thrasonical \thray-SAH-nih-kul\ adjective : of, relating to, resembling, or characteristic of Thraso : bragging, boastful Examples: "There was never any thing so sudden but the fight of two rams and Caesar's thrasonical brag of 'I came, saw, and overcame'." William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 1623 "After pages of thrasonical twaddle sprinkled with fawning photos, charts and esoteric columns of numbers I learned only of the flawless perfection of the university...." Peter B. Fletcher, Ann Arbor (Michigan) News, December 16, 2003 Did you know? 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 450-year history as an English adjective.

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