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VCB 6 Mythology & History

from Vocabulary for the College-Bound Student Chapter 6 Mythology and History Exercises 6.1-6.6
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Adonis
very handsome young man
aegis
shield or protection; auspices; sponsorship
amazon
tall, strong, bold woman
ambrosial
exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell; extremely delicious; excellent
atlas
book of maps
auroral
pertaining to or resembling the dawn; rosy; radiant
bacchanalian
jovial or wild with drunkenness
Cassandra
one who prophesies doom or disaster; pessimist
chimerical
fantastic; unreal; impossible; absurd
Draconian
cruel; harsh; severe; ironhanded
echolalia
automatic and immediate repetition of what others say
Elysian
delightful; blissful; heavenly
eristic
prone to controversy; disputatious; argumentative
fauna
animal life; animals of a particular region or period
flora
plant life; plants of a particular region or period
forum
medium or place for open discussion and expression of ideas--public meeting, radio or TV discussion, editorial page, etc.
hector
to bully; intimidate with threats; bluster
herculean
very difficult; requiring the strength of Hercules
hermetic
airtight; secret; obscure; magical; mysterious
iridescent
having colors like the rainbow
jovial
jolly; merry; good-humored
labyrinthine
full or confusing passageways; intricate; complicated, like the Labyrinth
laconic
using words sparingly; terse; concise
lethargic
unnaturally drowsy; sluggish; dull
Lucullan
sumptuous; luxurious
marathon
long distance footrace of 26 miles, 385 yards; endurance contest
martial
pertaining to war; warlike
mentor
wise and trusted adviser; tutor, coach
mercurial
quick; vivacious; active; lively; inconstant; unstable; capricious; subject to rapid and unpredictable mood changes
myrmidon
obedient and unquestioning follower
narcissistic
in love with oneself; excessively fascinated and gratified by one's own physical and mental qualities; egocentric
nectar
something exceptionally delicious to drink
nemesis
due punishment for evil deeds; one who inflicts such punishment
odyssey
long series of wanderings or travels
Olympian
majestic; godlike; lofty; having to do with the Olympic games
paean
song or hymn of praise, joy, or triumph
palladium
safeguard; protection
panic
sudden, overpowering terror, sometimes causing mass flight
philippic
bitter denunciation; tirade
plutocratic
having great influence because of one's wealth
Procrustean
cruel or inflexible in enforcing conformity
protean
exceedingly variable; readily assuming different forms or shapes
Pyrrhic
ruinous; gained at too great a cost
saturnine
heavy; dull; sullen; gloomy; morose
siren
dangerous, attractive woman; woman who sings with bewitching sweetness; apparatus for sounding loud warnings
solon
legislator, wise lawgiver
Spartan
marked by simplicity and avoidance of comfort; marked by self-discipline, bravery, and ability to endure pain
stentorian
very loud
Stygian
infernal; especially dark; gloomy
tantalize
excite a hope but prevent its fulfillment; tease
terpsichorean
pertaining to dancing
thespian
pertaining to the drama or acting
titanic
of enormous strength, size or power