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thespian Line breaks: thes|pian
Pronunciation: /ˈθɛspɪən/
formal or humorous

Definition of thespian in English:


Relating to drama and the theatre: thespian talents
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  • His concentration on style, however, leaves us with an emotionally tinny thespian drama.
  • Maya Maron, who plays the daughter who keeps the family from coming apart at the seams, has been singled out as a major new thespian talent in Israel, due to the strength of her performance here.
  • This wasn't the result of some sudden outbreak of thespian talent, but rather part of a science/art crossover project called Genes Talking.


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An actor or actress: an ageing thespian
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  • In the current offering we have Brenda Blethyn as Mrs Warren, heading a cast of truly hard-working thespians.
  • Budding young thespians auditioned in front of actor Neil Morrissey for the chance of a trip of a lifetime to Italy.
  • Okay, so it's faint praise, but Driver has made the transition from actress to singer far more successfully than most thespians who have tried it.


Late 17th century: from the name Thespis + -ian.

  • The dramatic poet Thespis, who lived in the 6th century bc and is traditionally regarded as the founder of Greek tragedy, gave us this word for an actor.

Words that rhyme with thespian

Mississippian • Olympian • Paralympian

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