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- n. A buskin anciently worn by tragic actors on the stage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A buskin anciently used by tragic actors on the stage; hence, tragedy in general.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as cothurnus, which is more commonly used.
With the tip of his cothurn he pushed forward a carpet beneath his head.
Then with the toe of his cothurn he pushed the things which fell out back towards the flame so that nothing might be left.
Many things of this nature had been done by the new commonwealth; but, alas! she did not drape herself melodramatically, nor stalk about with heroic wreath and cothurn.
It is worth while to go for a moment behind the scene; We have seen the actors, with mask and cothurn and tinsel crown, playing their well-conned parts upon the stage.
The moment had arrived when it was thought that the mask and cothurn might again be assumed with effect; when a grave and conventional personage might decorously make his appearance to perform an interlude of clemency and moderation with satisfactory results.