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Vocab for Finals

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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