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Greek words


Achilles' heel a single vulnerable spot
Adonis an extremely handsome young man
aegis sponsorship or protection
amazon a powerful, masculine woman
atlas a collection of maps
Cassandra a person who warns of coming evil but whose prophecies are disregarded
chimera a foolish or idle fancy
Elysium place or state of blissful happiness
Gorgon a snaky-haired creature so ugly as to petrify an onlooker
halcyon calm; peaceful
herculean very powerful
hydra a persistent evil, one difficult to eradicate
labyrinth a complicated arrangement of passageways or roads; a maze
mentor a wise counselor
Midas a very rich man
narcissism abnormal attachment to one's own appearance and personality
nemesis retribution; one who inflicts retribution
odyssey a long series of wanderings
Oedipus (complex) an abnormal attachment to one's parent of the opposite sex with corresponding hostility to the other
Olympian exalted; majestic
paean a song of thanksgiving or praise
procrustean forcing rigid conformity
protean extremely changeable
siren an alluring but dangerous woman; seductive
stentorian very loud
Stygian dark, gloomy
tantalize tease
titanic of enormous size and power
academy a school or learned society
Arcadian simple, peaceful, rustic
Croesus a very rich man
cynic one who sarcastically doubts human motives
Draconian extremely severe
epicure(an) a person of refined taste in matters of food and drink
(to cut the) Gordian knot to solve a diffcult problem by direct and drastic means
laconic brief, pithy, concise
mausoleum a large tomb
meander to follow a winding course; the Greek-key design
ostracism exclusion from society
philippic a bitter denunciation
Pyrrhic (victory) victory won at too great a cost
solecism a substandard usage of language, a social blunder
sophistry, sophism clever but deceptive argumentation meant to mislead
Spartan rigorous, austere, disciplined
stoic impassive
sword of Damocles a constantly threatening danger
sybarite one devoted to luxury and pleasure
bedlam a place or situation of noisy uproar and confusion
boycott to abstain from using, buying, or dealing with as a means of protest, disfavor, or coercion
dunce a stupid person, dolt
Frankenstein a person who creates a monster or destructive agency that cannot be controlled or that brings about the creator's ruin
jeremiad a long and mournful complaint
maudlin effusively or tearfully sentimental
quixotic capricious, impulsive
simony the sin of buying or selling ecclesiastical offices, powers, etc.
tawdry gaudy; shameful or indecent
utopia an ideal place or state
austere grave, somber, solemn, serious
bibliographical relating to or dealing with bibliography
canon an officially recognized set of sacred books
canonical pertaining to, established by or conforming to a canon or canons
crypt a subterranean chamber or vault used burial or secret meetings
cryptographic of or relating to cryptanalysis
despot a king or other ruler with absolute, unlimited power
encyclopedic pertaining to or of the nature of an encyclopedia; comprehending a wide variety of information
entomologist a zoologist who studies insects
epiglottis a thin, valvelike cartilaginous structure that covers the glottis during swallowing, preventing the entrance of food or drink into the larynx
icon a picture, image, or other representation
iconography a representation or group of representatiions of a person, place, or thing as a portrait or collection of portraits
mimicry the act, practice, or art of mimicking
myriad very large number, innumerable
nomad people or tribe with no permanent home; any wanderer, itinerant
orgy wild, drunken, or licentious festivity or revelry
parody a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing
polyglot able to speak or write several languages; mulitlingual
tome a book, esp. a very large, heavy, or learned book
zephyr a gentle, mild breeze; the west wind
amnesty a general pardon for all offenses
amphibious living in both land and water
anachronism something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time
analgesic causing analgesia (a remedy that relieves pain)
analogy similarity or comparability
anatomy the science of dealing with the structure of animals or plants
analytical skilled in habitually using analysis
antibiotic chemical substances that inhibit the growth or destroy bacteria, used chiefly in the treatment of infectious diseases
antipodal diametrically opposed
apocryphal of doubtful authorship or authenticity
apogee the highest most distant point
apotheosize to deify, glorify
atheist one who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings
atrophy undergo atrophy (a decrease of size in an organ caused by disease or disuse)
catalytic of, or involving or acting as a catalyst
dialogue conversation between two or more people
mnemonic assisting or intended to assist the memory
pandemonium wild uproar or unrestrained disorder; chaos
pantomime the art or technique of conveying emotions, actions, and feelings by gestures without speech
pantheon a public building containing tombs or memorials to the illustrious dead of a nation
anemic suffering from anemia, lacking power, vigor, or vitality; listless, weak
antagonistic acting in opposition; hostile; unfriendly
apostolic of or characteristic of the 12 apostles; of or pertaining to the pope, papal
dystrophy weakening, degeneration, or abnormal development of muscle
eccentricity an oddity or peculiarity as of conduct
encyclical a letter addressed by the pope to all the bishops of the church; a letter intended for wide or general circulation
endemic natural of characteristic of a specific people or place; indigenous
ephemeral lasting a very short time; transitory
epidemic extremely prevalent; widespread
epilogue a concluding part added to a literary work, as a novel
epistolary of, pertaining to, or consisting of letters
epitaph an inscription on a tombstone in memory of one buried there; a brief literary piece commemorating a deceased person
epitome a representative or perfect example of a class or type
eulogy a speech or writing in praise of a person or thing, esp. a set oration in honor of a deceased person
euthanasia painless death; mercy killing
evangelical pertaining to or in keeping with the gospel and its teachings
exodus a going out, a departure, or emigration
exogamy marriage outside of a tribe or similar social unit
glossary a list of terms in a special subject, field, or area of usage with accompanying definitions
pandemic prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world
agnostic a person who holds that the existence of an ultimate cause, as god and the essential nature of things, are unknown or unknowable
anomaly a deviation from the common rule, type, arrangement or form
antonym a word oppisite in meaning of another
endemics prevalent or peculiar to a particular locality, region, or people
euphoria feeling of happiness, confidence, or well-being
homonym one or two words that have the same sound and often the same spelling but defferent meaning
hyperbole obvious and intentional exaggeration
hypertrophy abnormal enlargement of a part or organ; excessive growth
hypodermic characterized by the introduction of medicine or drugs under the skin
metabolic of, pertaining to, or affected by metabolism
metamorphosed to change the form or nature of; transform
metaphor something used or regarded as being used to represent something else; emblem; symbol
paradoxical seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true
paraphernalia equipment, apparatus, or fusnishing used in or necessary for a particular activity
perigee the point a heavenly body or artificial satellite is nearest to earth
periphery external boundary of any surface or area
prognosticated to forecast or predict from present signs or indications; prophesy
syllogistic of or pertaining to syllogism (deductive reasoning)
synod any council
syntax the study and rules for the formation of grammatical sentences in a language
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