EpicentRx Word of the Week: Gnathonic

Jan 29, 2024

“To be gnathonic is also to be somewhat ironic.”









Gnathonic adjective


gnathonically adverb


Definition: fawning or flattering

Example sentence:

“’Both your parties’ candidates are gnathonic toward big business,’ he said.”

John Worsley Simpson; Election Enhances Word Power of All Political Parties; National Post (Canada); Jul 3, 2004.

About the Word:

Gnatho was a sycophantic character in Eunuchus, a play by the Roman writer Terence. From the subject of Gnatho’s flattery, Thraso, comes the word, thrasonical, meaning boastful.