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25 Words from Greek Mythology

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titanic
of enormous size, strength, power, or scope; huge (the Titans)
siren
a sea nymph (part woman and part bird) supposed to lure sailors to destruction on the rocks where the nymphs lived; an acoustic device producing a loud often wailing sound as a signal or warning (the Sirens)
odyssey
a Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the journey of Odysseus after the fall of Troy, a long wandering and eventful journey
hypnotize
to put into a sleep-like state; v. To produce a somnambulistic state in which the mind readily acts on suggestions; mesmerize (Hypnos)
atlas
(Greek mythology) a Titan who was forced by Zeus to bear the sky on his shoulders; a collection of maps in book form
chimera
(Greek mythology) fire-breathing she-monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tail; a fantasy; a horrible creature of the imagination, an illusion; a foolish fancy
elysian
resembling paradise, delightful; blissful; heavenly
(the Elysian Fields)
iris
Goddess of the rainbow; Colored part of the eye
labyrinth
a complicated network of winding passages; a maze (Theseus and the Minotaur)
panic
sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events, sudden, overpowering terror (Pan)
promethean
daring, creative, or heroic on behalf of humanity, daringly original (Prometheus)
sphinx
(Greek mythology) a riddling winged monster with a woman's head and breast on a lion's body; an inscrutable person who keeps his thoughts and intentions secret
bacchanalia
an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus), Greco-Roman spring time festivals to honor the god of wine; often accompanied by theatrical performances and became synonymous with drunken debauchery.
amazon
(Greek mythology) one of a nation of women warriors of Scythia (who burned off the right breast in order to use a bow and arrow more effectively), a large strong and aggressive woman
psychic
a person apparently sensitive to things beyond the natural range of perception, sensitive to nonphysical or supernatural forces (Psyche)
cereal
a breakfast food prepared from grain (Ceres)
gigantic
so exceedingly large or extensive as to suggest a giant or mammoth; enormous, immense
Herculean
(adj.) (capital H) relating to Hercules; (lowercare h) characterized by great strength; very hard to do in the sense of requiring unusal strength, tremendous in size, strength, difficulty, or effort
hygiene
the science concerned with the prevention of illness and maintenance of health; personal care and cleanliness (Hygeia)
iridescence
a rainbow like display of varying and shifting colors
(Iris)
jovial
jolly; merry; good-humored (Jove)
lunatic
a reckless impetuous irresponsible person; an insn=ane person;, insane and believed to be affected by the phases of the moon (Luna)
martial
(adj.) warlike, fond of fighting; relating to war, the army, or military life (Mars/Ares)
museum
institution devoted to the interest or procurement, care, study, and display of objects of lasting value; a pace where objects are exhibited (the nine Muses)
narcissism
an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself; extreme self-centeredness (Narcissus)