abydocomist

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek Ἀβυδοκόμης (Abudokomēs), after the town Ἄβυδος (Abudos, Abydos), the inhabitants of which were known for inventing slanders and boasting of them.

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NounEdit

abydocomist (plural abydocomists)

  1. (obsolete) A liar or sycophant who boasts of his falsehood.
    • The character Sir John Falstaff from Shakespeare's plays (Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor) is a famous example of an abydocomist.
      Falstaff: "I may lie, but I am no counterfeit." (paraphrased)

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Last modified on 16 June 2013, at 00:22