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herculean
definition-tremendous in size, strength, difficulty, or effort
synonyms-powerful, mighty, massive, immense, colossal
etymology-Hercules had to do 12 tasks known as "the Labors of Hercules"
bowdlerize
definition-remove or change parts considered vulgar or immoral
synonyms-delete, censor, expurgate
etymology-Thomas Bowdler prepared an edition of Shakespeare's plays where he drastically edited them and even removed some passages and characters.
pandemonium
def-utter confusion or wild uproar
syn-disorder, chaos, noisy confusion, tumult
ety-pan means all and daimon means demon, Pan demonium was first the capital of hell then it became a metaphorical sense for the condition when "all Hell breaks loose"
pander
def-play up to another's desires and weaknesses
syn-indulge, gratify, cater
ety-Chaucer wrote Troilus and Criseyde in which Pandarus arranged for them to make love in his home, pander means to cater to ones baser emotions
quixotic
idealistic but not practical
cunical
doubting the goodness and sincerity of human motives
stoical
indifferent to pain and pleasure
stigma
mark of disgrace, in Greece a stigma was put on slaves who tried to run away
impede
to hinder, obstruct, slow down the process of
expedite
speed up, hasten or help the accomplishment of