Ercles vein

      a rousing, somewhat bombastic manner of public speaking or writing. In William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Act I, scene 2), “Ercles' vein” is Bottom's expression for the style of speech he considers appropriate to the character of “Ercles,” i.e., Hercules.

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  • ercles vein — ˈərˌklēz noun Usage: usually capitalized E Etymology: Ercles, alteration of Hercules, ancient Greco Roman hero, from Latin, from Greek Hēraklēs : a rousing somewhat bombastic manner of public speaking or writing could not write in the Ercles vein …   Useful english dictionary

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