Meaning of alazon in English:


Pronunciation /ˈaləzɒn/


  • A stock character in ancient Greek comedy characterized by arrogance, misplaced self-confidence, and a failure to recognize irony. Hence in extended use: a character of this type. Contrasted with eiron .

    See note at eiron.


Early 20th century. From ancient Greek ἀλαζών boaster, perhaps from Ἀλαζῶνες (plural), the name of a Thracian tribe mentioned in Herodotus.