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(thrā-sŏn′ĭ-kəl, thrə-)

[From Latin Thrasō, a braggart soldier in the play Eunuchus by Terence, from Greek Thrasōn, Greek male name used in comedy, from thrasus, bold, rash, arrogant; akin to Old English durran, to dare, and Czech and Slovak drzý, insolent.]

thra·son′i·cal·ly adv.


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) rare bragging; boastful
[C16: from Latin Thrasō name of boastful soldier in Eunuchus, a play by Terence, from Greek Thrasōn, from thrasus forceful]
thraˈsonically adv


(θreɪˈsɒn ɪ kəl)

boastful; vainglorious.
[1555–65; < Latin Thrasōn-, s. of Thrasō braggart in Terence's Eunuchus]
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theses beginning with the thrasonical word 'All'" (328),
First, concerning the imitation of sound, that it be somewhat like to the thing it signifieth, and not unlike, as if one should call the sound of a Cannon a ratling or cracking." (53) In 1589, Thomas Nashe referred to the" Thwick a-Thwack" passage, denouncing just this lack of decorum: "Which strange language of the firmament neuer subject before to our common phrase, makes vs that are not vsed to terminate heauens moueings, in the accents of any voice, esteeme of their triobulare [two-bit] interpreter, as of some Thrasonical huffe snuffe." (54) In a word, men of letters saw "Thwick a-Thwack" as bombast.
However, after observing the thrasonical smirks on the faces of colleagues from English and Comparative Literature when I mentioned my task to them and, some weeks later still, when I came up for air after immersion in the essays of Barthes and Derrida, I was no longer so sure.