Vocabulary from the Underworld
a wasting away of the body or of an organ or part, as from defective nutrition or nerve damage. 2. degeneration, decline, or decrease, as from disuse: He argued that there was a progressive atrophy of freedom and independence of thought.
a formidable and often surly keeper or guard.
(usually used ironically) any ferryman.
a spiral-shaped cavity forming a division of the internal ear in humans and in most other mammals.
unrestrained or violent anger, rage, passion, or the like: The gods unleashed their fury on the offending mortal. 2. violence; vehemence; fierceness: the fury of a hurricane; a fury of creative energy. a fierce and violent person, especially a woman: She became a fury when she felt she was unjustly accused.
–noun 1. Geology . the angle between a fault plane and the vertical, measured perpendicular to the strike of the fault; complement of the dip. 2. Mining . the inclination of a vein or seam from the vertical
3. to frighten or startle so that movement is impossible: The headlights hypnotized the deer and it just stood staring at the oncoming car.
–noun inability to obtain sufficient sleep, especially when chronic; difficulty in falling or staying asleep; sleeplessness.
1. the quality or state of being drowsy and dull, listless and unenergetic, or indifferent and lazy; apathetic or sluggish inactivity. 2. Pathology . an abnormal state or disorder characterized by overpowering drowsiness or sleep.
a place in which bodies are kept, especially the bodies of victims of violence or accidents, pending identification or burial.
a white, bitter, crystalline alkaloid, C 1 7 H 1 9 NO 3 ⋅H 2 O, the most important narcotic and addictive principle of opium, obtained by extraction and crystallization and used chiefly in medicine as a pain reliever and sedative.
1. something that a person cannot conquer, achieve, etc.: The performance test proved to be my nemesis. 2. an opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome. 4. an agent or act of retribution or punishment.
not easily excited to action or display of emotion; apathetic; sluggish.
Geology . any body of igneous rock that solidified far below the earth's surface.
a transuranic element with a fissile isotope of mass number 239 (plutonium 239) that can be produced from non-fissile uranium 238, as in a breeder reactor. Symbol: Pu; atomic number: 94.
1. of or pertaining to Sisyphus. 2. endless and unavailing, as labor or a task.
1. sleepy; drowsy. 2. tending to cause sleep.
to torment with, or as if with, the sight of something desired but out of reach; tease by arousing expectations that are repeatedly disappointed.