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sumptuous
Many a Thanksgiving dinner is a _______feast
Lucullan
(lu-'ke-len)
1. Long distance of 26 miles 385 yars

2. endurance contest
marathon
pertaining to war; warlike
The Helvetians were a ______ people who tried to conquer southern Gaul.
martial
1. wise and trusted adviser

2. tutor; coach
mentor
1. quick; vivacious; active; lively (ant. saturnine)

2. Inconstant; unstale; capricious; subject to rapid and unpredictiable mood changes
mercurial
obedient and unquestioning follower
Adolph hitler's __________(s) were the SS, who would execute all his orders loyally and pitilessly.
myrmidon
('mer-me-dan)
in love w/oneself; excessively fascinated and gratified by one's own phsical and mental qualities; egocentric
_______ individuals tend to overevaluate their own merits and to see no desirable qualities in others
narcissistic
(nar-se-'sis-tik)
something exceptionally dlicious to drink
nectar
(n)
1. due punishment for evil deeds

2. one who inflicts such
punishment
nemisis
long series of wanderings or travels

A travel agent will gladly plan a year's ______ to places of interest around the world
odyssey
1. magestic; godlike; lofty
2. having to do with Olympic games
Olympian
song or hymn of praise, joy, or triumph
When the crisis was resolved, people danced in the streets and sang ___ of joy
paean
safeguard; protection
The little girl habitually fell asleep clutching a battered doll, her _____.
palladium
sudden, overpowering terror, sometimes causing mass flight
panic
bitter denunciation; tirade
In an hour-long ____, the legislator denounced the lobbyists opposing her bill
philippic
having great influence because of one's wealth
Owning 51% of the billion-dollar firm, 3 __ investors determine it s policies
plutocratic
cruel or inflexible in enforcing conformity
The magistrate dispensed a ___ kind of justice, imposing a fine of $500 on everyone who had received a summons, regardless of circumstances
procrustean or Procrustean
ruinous; gained at too great a cost
We won, but it was a __ victory, as our leading scorer was injured and put out of action for the balance of the season
Pyrrhic
heavy; dull; sullen; gloomy; morose (ant. mercurial)
The research assistant was a ___ scholar who said very little and smiled rarely
saturnine
1. dangerous, attractive woman
2. woman who sings bewitching sweetness
3. aparatus for sounding loud warnings
siren
legislator; wise lawgiver
The __ are back for the opening of the legislative session
solon
marked by simplicity and avoidance of comfort; marked by self discipline, bravery, and ability ot endure pain
Spartan
very loud
Speak softly; you don't need a ___ voice to be heard in this small room
stentorian
infernal; especially dark; gloomy
A power failure at 11pm plunged the city into __ blackness
Stygian
('sti-je-en)
excite and hope but prevent its fullfillment; tease
tantalize
pertaining to dancing
The reviewers lauded the ballet troup for its __ artistry.
terpsichorean
(terp-si-ke-'re-en)
pertaining to the drama or acting
Shakespeare was not only a playwright but a __ + a producer as well
thespian or Thespian
of enormous strenght, size, or power
titanic
very handsome young man
Adonis
shield or protection; auspices; sponsorship
aegis
('e-jis)
tall, strong, bold woman
amazon
exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell; extremely delicious; excellent
ambrosial
book of maps
atlas
pertaining to or resembling the dawn; rosy; radiant
auroral
jovial or wild w/ drunkeness
bacchanalian or bacchic
(ba-ke-'nal-yen)
one who prophesies doom or disaster; pessimist (ant. Pollyanna)
Cassandra
fantistic; unreal; impossible; absurd
chimerical
crue; harsh; severe; ironhanded
Draconian or draconian
automatic and immediate repetition of what others say
echolalia
delightful; blissful; heavenly
Elysian
prone to controversy; disputatious
(Eris, goddess of dischord)
eristic
animal life; animals of a particular region or period
fauna
plant life; plants of a particular region or period
flora
medium or place for open discussion and expression of ideas (ex: radio, public mtg, editorial..)
forum
bully; intimidate w/ threats; bluster
hector
very difficult; requiring the strength of Hercules
herculean or Herculean
airtight; secret; obscure; magical; mysterious
hermetic
(her-'me'tik)
having colors like the rainbow
Children enjoy blowing ___ soap bubbles
iridescent
jolly; merry; goodhumored
jovial
full of confusing passegeways; intricate; complcated
labyrinthine
(la-be-'rin-then)
using words sparingly; terse; concise
All I received in response to my request was the __ reply "wait"
laconic
unnaturally drowsy; sluggish; dull
lethargic
exeedingly variable; readily assuming different forms or shapes
protean