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Achille's 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 prophesies 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, epicurean
a person or refined taste in matters of food and drink
to cut the Gordian knot
to solve a difficult problem by direct and drastic means
laconic
brief, pithy, concise
mausoleum
a large tomb
meander
to follow a winding course
ostracism
exclusion from society
philippic
a bitter denunciation
Pyrrhic victory
a 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
BIBLI-
book
CANON-
rule
CRYPT-, CRYPH-
hidden, secret
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