Etymology
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thespian (adj.)
1670s, "of or pertaining to tragedy or dramatic acting," from Greek Thespis, semi-legendary 6c. B.C.E. poet of Icaria in Attica, often called the Father of Greek Tragedy. The literal meaning of the name is "inspired by the gods."
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thespian (n.)
"an actor," 1827, from thespian (adj.). Short form thesp is attested from 1962.
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