Thespian

Thespian

[thes-pee-uhn]
adjective
1.
(often lowercase) pertaining to tragedy or to the dramatic art in general.
2.
of or characteristic of Thespis.
3.
of or pertaining to Thespiae.
noun
4.
(sometimes lowercase) a tragedian; an actor or actress.

Origin:
1665–75; Thespi(s) + -an

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Thespian (ˈθɛspɪən)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to Thespis
2.  (usually not capital) of or relating to drama and the theatre; dramatic
 
n
3.  facetious often an actor or actress

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thespian
1675, "of or pertaining to tragedy or dramatic acting," from Gk. Thespis, poet of 6c. B.C.E., the traditional father of Gk. tragedy. The names is lit. "inspired by the gods." The noun meaning "an actor" is attested from 1827, from the adj.; short form thesp is attested from 1962.
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