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Vocabulary for the College-Bound Student Chatper 6

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Adonis (n)
very handsome young man
aegis (n)
shield or protection; auspices; sponsorship
amazon (n)
tall, strong, bold woman
ambrosial (adj)
exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell; extremely delicious; excellent
atlas (n)
book of maps
auroral (adj)
pertaining to or resembling the dawn; rosy; radiant
bacchanalian (adj)
jovial or wild with drunkenness
Cassandra (n)
one who prophesies doom or disaster; pessimist
chimerical (adj)
fantastic; unreal; impossible; absurd
Draconian (adj)
cruel; harsh; severe; ironhanded
echolalia (n)
automatic and immediate repetition
Elysian (adj)
delightful; blissful; heavenly
eristic (adj)
prone to controversy; disputatious; argumentative
fauna (n)
animal life; animals of a particular region or period
flora (n)
plant life; plants of a particulat region or period
forum (n)
medium or place for open discussion and expression of ideas-a public meeting,radio or TV discussion, editorial page, etc.
hector (v)
bully; intimidate with threats; bluster
herculean (adj)
very difficult; requiring the strength of Hercules
hermetic (adj)
airtight; secret; obscure; magical; mysterious
iridescent (adj)
having colors like the rainbow
jovial (adj)
jolly; merry; good-humored
labyrinthine (adj)
full of confusing passageways; intricate; complicated
laconic (adj)
using words sparingly; terse; concise
lethargic (adj)
unnaturally drowsy; sluggish; dull
Lucullan (adj)
sumptuous; luxurious
marathon (n)
1. long-distance footrace of 26 miles 385 yards 2. endurance contest
martial (adj)
pertaining to war; warlike
mentor (n)
1. wise and trusted adviser 2. tutor, coach
mercurial (adj)
1. quick; vivacious; active; lively 2. inconstant; unstable; capricious; subject to rapid and unpredictable mood changes
myrmidon (n)
obedient and unquestioning follower
narcissistic (adj)
in love with oneself; excessively fascinated and gratified by one;s own physical and mental qualites; egocentric
nectar (n)
something exceptionally delicious to drink
nemesis (n)
1. due punishment for evil deeds 2. one who inflicts such punishment
odyssey (n)
long series of wanderings or travels
Olympian (adj)
1. majestic; godlike; lofty 2. international althletic competitions held every four years
paean (n)
song or hymn of praise, joy, or triumph
palladium (n)
safeguard; protection
panic (n)
sudden, overpowering terror, sometimes causing mass flight
philippic (n)
bitter denunciation; tirade
plutocratic (adj)
having great influence because of one's wealth
procrustean (adj)
cruel or inflexible in enforcing conformity
protean (adj)
exceedingly variable; readily assuming different forms or shapes
Pyrrhic (adj)
ruinous; gained at too great a cost
saturnine (adj)
heavy; dull; sullen; gloomy; morose
siren (n)
1. dangerous, attractice woman 2. woman who sings with bewiching sweetness 3. apparatus for sounding loud warnings
solon (n)
legislator; wise lawgiver
Spartan (adj)
marked simplicity and avoidance of comfort; marked by self-discipline, bravery, and ability to endure pain
stenorian (adj)
very loud
Stygian (adj)
infernal; especially dark; gloomy
tantalize (v)
excite a hope but prevent its fulfillment; tease
terpsichorean (adj or n)
pertaining to the drama or acting
titanic (adj)
of enormous strength, size, or power