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Aug 30, 2018
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scaramouch
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braggadocio
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braggadocio
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braggadocio

PRONUNCIATION:
(brag-uh-DO-shee-o)

MEANING:
noun:
1. An empty boaster.
2. Empty boasting.
3. Boastful behavior.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Braggadochio, a boastful character in Edmund Spenser’s 1590 epic poem The Faerie Queene. Earliest documented use: 1594. Here’s another word that came to us from the same book: blatant.

USAGE:
“We are appalled by the braggadocio of corporate hamburger palaces with huge signs congratulating themselves for selling billions of animal meat sandwiches.”
Richard T. Halfpenny; Funism: the New Religion; Xlibris; 2012.

See more usage examples of braggadocio in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. -Spanish proverb

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