One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural milites gloriosi
(in literature) a boastful soldier as a stock figure.
- ‘So, here's to Fredric Koeppel, a veritable Diogenes among the milites gloriosi of the wine world.’
- ‘The Plautine mode of comedy was based upon stock characters, including the crafty servant or the braggart soldier (miles gloriosus), which often figured in early English comedy.’
- ‘In fact, most of the things Epicharmus is claimed to have contributed to Attic comedy (parasites, cooks, milites gloriosi, philosophic charlatans) either are not really found in his work, or, if they were, are not found in Old Comedy but first in Middle.’
Latin, from the title of a comedy by Plautus.
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