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aegis

protection, sponsorship

aurora

the dawn or similar luminosity

odyssey

extended journey or wandering

paean

song of thanksgiving, joy, praise, triumph

palladium

safeguard, something to ensure safety

plutocrat

a wealthy person, especially one whose wealth means power

Valhalla

hall of feasting heroes

ambrosial

fragrant, delicious, superior

Apollonian

godlike, living by enlightened, aesthetic, intellectual values; harmonious, spiritual

Dionysian

living for sensual and material delights

hermetic

completely sealed, airtight, hard to understand, relating to the occult or the magical

procrustean

taking fanatical or ruthless action to attain conformity

Promethean

daring, creative, or heroic on behalf of humanity

Pyrrhic victory

a too-costly victory

stygian

dark, gloomy, hellish

terpsichorean

pertaining to dancing

titanic

extremely large, strong, or powerful

acquiesce

to consent, agree passively

allude

to refer to or mention casually

constitute

to form, or make up

contrive

to plot, scheme, devise a way

corroborate

to verify, confirm, substantiate

culminate

to reach the highest point

indulgent

yielding, lenient, easy-going

livid

pale, lead-colored, grayish blue

overt

open, unconcealed

virtual

almost, for all practical purposes, being something in effect but not actually

perpetrate

to perform, carry out

promulgate

to make known, spread widely

resuscitate

to revive, bring back to life

simulate

to feign, pretend, imitate

nonentity

a person or thing of no importance

parity

equality, equivalence

satellite

a small body revolving around a larger one; a person, group, nation dependent on a larger one

metaphor

an implied comparison

simile

an expressed comparison (like or as)

sovereign

the supreme ruler, monarch

stratum

a layer or level

tenacity

unyielding firmness

affinity

attraction, kinship

despot

a ruler with absolute power, a tyrant

effigy

image, likeness

opulence

wealth, abundance

reprisal

act of retaliation, especially in war

adroit

skillful, clever

facile

easily done, moving quickly or easily

prosaic

dull, monotonous, uninteresting

punitive

intended to punish, bringing punishment

transient

fleeting, short-lived

prodigious

enormous, marvelous, superhuman

capricious

subject to whims, changeable

competent

capable, skillful, well qualified

diffident

shy, timid, unassertive

diminutive

undersized, small

formidable

hard to overcome, causing fear or dread

inexorable

unyielding, unrelenting

inscrutable

mysterious, unfathomable, beyond comprehension

inveterate

habitual, deeply established

lugubrious

mournful, doleful, dismal

munificent

very generous, lavish

plebeian

common, ordinary, low-class

preciptous

very steep

precocious

ahead in development (especially mental); exhibiting exceptionally mature qualities

pugnacious

quarrelsome, inclined to fight

querulous

fretful, complaining

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