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Flashcards in Words from Greek Myth/History Deck (28):
1

a single vulnerable spot

Achilles' heel

2

an extremely handsome young man

Adonis

3

sponsorship or protection

aegis

4

a powerful, masculine woman

amazon

5

a collection of maps

atlas

6

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

Cassandra

7

calm; peaceful

halcyon

8

a complicated arrangement of passageways or roads; a maze

labyrinth

9

a wise counselor

mentor

10

abnormal attachment to one's own appearance and personality

narcissism

11

retribution; one who inflicts retribution

nemesis

12

a song of thanksgiving or praise

paean

13

forcing rigid conformity

procrustean / Procrustean

14

tease

tantalize

15

a school or learned society

academy

16

one who sarcastically doubts human motives

cynic

17

extremely severe

Draconian

18

a person of refined taste in matters of food and drink

epicure / epicurean

19

to solve a difficult problem by direct and drastic means

to cut the Gordian knot

20

brief, pithy, concise

laconic

21

exclusion from society

ostracism

22

a bitter denunciation

philippic

23

a victory won at too great a cost

a Pyrrhic victory

24

a substandard usage of language

a social blunder

25

clever but deceptive argumentation meant to mislead

sophistry / sophism

26

impassive

stoic

27

a constantly threatening danger

sword of Damocles

28

one devoted to luxury and pleasure

sybarite