Academicians
1. a member of an association or institution for the advancement of arts, sciences, or letters; 2. a follower or promoter of the traditional trends in philosophy, art, or literature
Adonis
Classical Mythology. A youth slain by a wild boar but permitted by Zeus to pass four months every year in the lower world with Persephone, four with Aphrodite, and four wherever he chose. Term used to describe a very handsome young man
ague
malaria or an other illness involving fever and shivering
Antinous
Classical Mythology. The chief suitor of Penelope, killed by Odysseus upon his return from Troy
aphorism
pithy saying
asceticism
not allowing oneself pleasures and luxuries (sometimes for religious reasons)
Bacchante
a female bacchant; a drunken reveller
cadence
rhythm in sound; rise and fall of the voice in speech
Caliban
the ugly, beastlike slave of Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest
caprice
tendency to change one's mind without apparent or adequate motive; a whim
cheroot
cigar with both ends open
clematis
climbing plant with showy flowers
cornucopias
horn-shaped containers overflowing with fruit and flowers; symbol of abundance
décolleté
having a low neckline
doctrinaire
a person who tries to apply some doctrine or theory without sufficient regard for practical considerations; an impractical theorist
dowagers
women who hold some title or property from their deceased husbands; elderly women of stately dignity, esp. those of elevated social positions
Dryad
a deity or nymph of the woods
ennui
listelessness and dissatisfaction arising from boredom
hansom
a low-hung, two-wheeled, covered vehicle drawn by one horse, for two passengers, with the driver being mounted on an elevated seat behind and the reins running over the roof
Hellenic
Greek
Hermes
the ancient Greek herald and messenger of the gods and the god of roads, commerce, invention, cunning, and theft
incorrigible
not able to be reformed
laburnum
tree with hanging clusters of yellow flowers
lionise
to treat as a celebrity
Messalina
Roman empress as the third wife of Claudius I. She was executed after Claudius discovered that she had married a lover in his absence
metaphysics
branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of existence and of knowledge
misanthrope
person who dislikes people in general
monstrance
framed holder used in the Roman Catholic church for exposing the Host for veneration
moue
a pout
Mysticism
the belief that knowledge of God can be gained by contemplation; vague or ill-defined religious or spiritual belief
Narcissus
Classical Mythology. A youth who fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool and wasted away from unsatisfied desire, whereupon he was transformed into the flower
Omar
Bible reference. The son of Eliphaz, who was Esau's eldest son
orphreys
ornamental bands or borders; pieces of richly embroidered material
panegyric
piece of written or spoken praise
pathos
the quality or power in an actual life experience or in literature, music, speech, or other forms of expression, of evoking a feeling of pity or compassion
philanthropy
love of mankind, especially shown in benevolent acts
précis
a concise summary
profligacy
shameless dissoluteness; reckless extravagance
Realism
representing or viewing things as they are in reality
riposte
a quick clever reply
Romanticism
an artistic and intellectual movement originating in Europe in the late 18th century and characterized by a heightened interest in nature, emphasis on the individual's expression of emotion and imagination, departure from the attitudes and forms of classicism, and rebellion against established social rules and conventions
sanguine
optimistic
Silenus
a forest spirit, sometimes referred to as the oldest of the satyrs and the foster father, teacher, and companion of Dionysus: often represented as a bearded old man
skeins
loose bundles of yarn
tabernacle
Ecclesiastical. An ornamental receptacle for the reserved Eucharist, now generally found on the altar
tableau
silent, motionless group arranged to represent a scene; dramatic picturesque scene
Titan
any of the older gods before the Olympians
truculent
defiant and aggressive
tussore
strong but coarse silk
Verities
true principles or beliefs
wainscoting
wooden panelling in a room
wizen
full of wrinkles, shrivelled with age
woodbine
honeysuckle