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Parolʹles (3 syl.)

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A man of vain words, who dubs himself “captain,” pretends to knowledge which he has not, and to sentiments he never feels. (French, paroles, a creature of empty words.) (Shakespeare: All’s Well that Ends Well.)

“I know him a notorious liar,

Think him a great way fool, solely a coward;

Yet these fixed evils sit so fit on him

That they take place … .”


Act i. 1.

He was a mere Parolles in a pedagogue’s wig. A pretender, a man of words, and a pedant. The allusion is to the bragging, faithless, slandering villain mentioned above.


“Rust, sword; cool, blushes; and, Parolles, live

Safest in shame; being fooled, by fooling thrive;

There’s place and means for every man alive.”


Shakespeare: All’s Well that Ends Well, iv. 3.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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