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Absolom

The son who brought heartache to his father.

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Achilles' Heel

The one weakness one may have or most vulnerable

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Attila

Barbarian and rough leader; king of the Huns from 433-453. Most successful of the barbarian invaders

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Aeolian

Pertaining to the wind

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Bowdlerize

To censor, shorten, or modify. Bowlder changed and censored Shakespeare.

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Cassandra:

A person who predicts misfortune, but is not believed.

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Cinderella

One who gains affluence after neglect

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Daniel

One known for wisdom and accurate judgment. He read handwriting.

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Don Juan

Libertine, profligate, man obsessed with seducing women.

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Filthy Lucre:

Any money or profits. Jesus castes moneylenders out the temple.

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Frankenstein

Anything that threatens or destroys it's creator

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Hackney

To make something banal or trite by frequent use. A horse for ordinary riding or driving.

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Junoesque

Marked stately by beauty.

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King Ahab and Jezabel

An evil king of Israel and bus treacherous wife. Synonymous with evil.

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Simon Legree

Harsh or cruel person in authority

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Adonis

Handsome young man. Adonis ❤️ Aphrodite

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Brobdingnagian

Gigantic, enormous, named after Brobdingnag in Gullivers Travels.

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Casanova

Man amorously and gallantly attentive to women. Promiscuous.
Giovanni Jacopo Casanova de Seingalt. Italian.

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David and Bathsheba

Represents a big sin.

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Gorgon

A very ugly or terrible person. A repulsive woman.

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Horatio Alger

One who believes that a person can make their own merits

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Iridescent

Producing colors of the rainbow. From Iris, goddess of the rainbow

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Judas

A traitor or a treacherous kiss. Name means murderer or assassin.

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Laconic

Using or marked by the use of few words. Brief, deriving from Lakonikos. Spartan.

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Martial

Suited for war or a warrior. From Mars.

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Milquetoast

Surprisingly bland. A timid, weak, and unassertive person.

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Panglossian

Misleadingly optimistic.

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Prodigal Son.

Wasteful son who disappoints his father.

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Scrooge

Bitter old and greedy person.

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Shanghai

To cheat, steal, or to get by illegal terms