American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to drama; dramatic: thespian talents.
- adj. Of or relating to Thespis.
- n. An actor or actress.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or relating to Thespis, a semi-legendary Greek poet of Icaria in Attica, often called the father of tragedy; relating or pertaining to dramatic acting in general; dramatic; tragic: as, the Thespian art, the drama. The great impulse given to the drama by Thespis consisted in the adjunction to the old dithyrambic chorus of Dionysus of a single actor who might appear successively in several rôles. The first public contest of Thespis is assigned to the year 536 b. c.
- n. An actor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to Thespis; hence, relating to the drama; dramatic.
- n. a theatrical performer
- adj. of or relating to drama
“That sounded strange to me, so I called my thespian friend, Eric Oleson (it's okay to call him that because he's openly thespian).”
“Growing up, Suzy Berger would cringe when she was called a thespian.”
“Frankly I don't know why, it's not like his career has taken off in a different direction or anything, sure it's gone another way, but he's not become known as a thespian all of a sudden!”
“Giamatti’s tormented thespian is attempting to survive an especially grueling stage production of “Uncle Vanya.””
“Very early I recall a thespian named Thoman, who was supported by a Julia Pelby.”
“AYH agree they shouldn't cut joffrey scene, and i also don't think they cut the hound. the cersei / luwin scene makes MUCH more sense, and would relate to the "world class thespian" not being in the pilot, but being in the series a little better than if the "thespian" were the hound.”
“I mean, putting lipstick on a drowning polar bear might create some special mutant kind of thespian polar bear that can act in live-action Coca Cola commercials and subsist entirely on spilled oil and cruise-ship exhaust.”
“While the readings may strike some as overly "thespian," they take on real drama with repeated listens.”
“They went right back to Thespis, the Greek poet and actor genuinely regarded as the father of drama, from whom the word "thespian" derives.”
“I remember he used the word "thespian", which I had no idea at the time what the word meant.”
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