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n. pl. co·thur·ni (-nī′)
1. A buskin worn by actors of classical tragedy.
2. The ancient style of classical tragedy.

[Latin, buskin, from Greek kothornos, perhaps of Lydian origin.]


(kəʊˈθɜːnəs) or


n, pl -thurni (-ˈθɜːnaɪ) or -thurns
(Clothing & Fashion) the buskin worn in ancient Greek tragedy
[C18: from Latin, from Greek kothornos]


(koʊˈθɜr nəs)

also co•thurn

(ˈkoʊ θɜrn, koʊˈθɜrn)
n., pl. -ni (-nī).
2. a grave, elevated style of acting; tragedy.
[1720–30; < Latin < Greek kóthornos buskin]
co•thur′nal, adj.
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References in classic literature ?
Is there a cothurnus in the world more tragic than these boots, whose soles are hanging out their tongues?
It may have had a deliberate association with notions of the dignity of antiquity, including the use by classical tragedians of the cothurnus or "buskin"--the high-heeled boot of the tragic actor, which gave literal superiority of step and posture.
2) Economic categories are essentially interpreted as masks or cothurnus in an ancient Greek tragedy that hide a living face.