2008年6月29日 星期日

dissolute Falstaff, Vice, miles gloriosus

Falstaff
Meaning #1: a dissolute character in Shakespeare's plays
Synonym: Sir John Falstaff

Wikipedia article "Falstaff"

Definition

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adjective LITERARY ━━ a. 放蕩(ほうとう)な, 身を持ちくずした.
(of a person) living in a way that other people strongly disapprove of; immoral:
He led a dissolute life, drinking and womanising till his death.




Vice, the, a stock character in medieval morality plays; he is a cynical kind of fool in the service of the Devil, and tries to tempt others in a comical but often sinister manner. The Vice is believed to be the ancestor of some later dramatic villains like Shakespeare's Iago, and of some more comic characters like his Falstaff.

miles gloriosus

('lās glôr'ē-ō'səs, glōr'-) pronunciation
n., pl. mi·li·tes glo·ri·o·si ('lĭ-tās glôr'ē-ō'sē, glōr'-).

A bragging and often cowardly soldier, especially as a stock character in comedy.

[Latin mīles glōriōsus, after Mīles Glōriōsus, a comedy by Plautus.]

Mīlēs glōriōsus (‘the boastful soldier’), Roman comedy by Plautus;


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