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Flashcards in Greek Phrases Deck (28):
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Achilles' heel

a single vulnerable spot

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Adonis

an extremely handsome young man

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aegis

sponsorship or protection

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amazon

a powerful masculine woman

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atlas

a collection of maps

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Cassandra

a person who warns of coming evil but whose prophecies are disregarded

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halcyon

calm; peaceful

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labyrinth

a complicated arrangement of passageways or roads; a maze

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mentor

a wise counselor

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narcissism

abnormal attachment to one's own appearance and personality

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nemesis

retribution; one who inflicts retribution

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paean

a song of thanksgiving or praise

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procrustean or Procrustean

forcing rigid conformity

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tantalize

tease

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academy

a school or learned society

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cynic

one who sarcastically doubts human motives

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Draconian

extremely severe

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epicure, epicurean

a person of refined taste in matters of food and drink

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to cut the Gordian knot

to solve a difficult problem by direct and drastic means

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laconic

brief, pithy, concise

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ostracism

exclusion from society

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phillipic

a bitter denunciation

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a Pyrrhic victory

a victory won at too great a cost

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solecism

a substandard use of language, a social blunder

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sophistry, sophism

clever but deceptive argumentation meant to mislead

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stoic

impassive

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sword of Damocles

a constantly threatening danger

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sybarite

one devoted to luxury and pleasure