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Hexed Iron Druid 3 Words From One Sentence on: Page 50
Hexed by Kevin Hearne
Book 2 Iron Druid Chronicle

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3-23-13 Baccus

Bacchants carry around thyrsi which are staves wrapped in ivy leaves… (page 50)bar for looked that up

noun  1. a priest, priestess, or votary of Bacchus; bacchanal.  2. a drunken reveler.

adjective  3. inclined to revelry.

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thyrsi – plural  for thrysus:

1. Botany . a thyrse.

2. Greek Antiquity . a staff tipped with a pine cone and sometimes twined with ivy and vine branches,
borne by Dionysus and his votaries.

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1. one of the thin, narrow, shaped pieces of wood that form the sides of a cask, tub, or similar vessel.
2. a stick, rod, pole, or the like.
3. a rung of a ladder, chair, etc.
4. Prosody .

a. a verse or stanza of a poem or song.
b. the alliterating sound in a line of verse, as the w- sound in wind in the willows.

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Image is a segment of painting by Giordano, Baccus mit seinem Gefolge der Faunen und Satyren



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  Hexed by Kevin Hearnes

  Iron Druid Chronicles Book 2

3-2-13 words

Solipsism: Something related to sunburned lips?

solipsism: noun

1. Philosophy . the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist.
2. extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one’s feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.

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Philtre: Related to phial, British vial?

philtre (British) philter (US) noun

1. a drink supposed to arouse love, desire, etc

She broke my little bottle of philtre number nine.

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Fulminate: To culminate, fully?


verb (used without object) 1. to explode with a loud noise; detonate.
2. to issue denunciations or the like (usually followed by against ): The minister fulminated against legalized vice.

verb (used with object)3. to cause to explode.
4. to issue or pronounce with vehement denunciation, condemnation, or the like.

noun 5. one of a group of unstable, explosive compounds derived from fulminic acid, especially the mercury salt of fulminic acid, which is a powerful detonating agent.

The timer  was set to fulminate the bomb in thirty seconds.

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Book 2 Iron Druid Chronicles.

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Potentates: Strong spirits like bootleg whiskey?

potentates: noun- a person who possesses great power, as a sovereign, monarch, or ruler.
The potenates were arriving for the world peace summit.

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Internecine: Related to Internal medicine?

internecine: Adjective
1. of or pertaining to conflict or struggle within a group
2. mutually destructive.
3. characterized by great slaughter; deadly.
The death toll from the internecine battle was a cautionary tale for both sides.

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Zeitgeist: A new brand of blemish cover-up?

zeitgeist [tsahyt-gahyst] German noun: the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or
feeling characteristic of a particular period of time.
New tax legislation would be a mistake in light of the zeitgeist of American citizens.

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1 Word from Ever After by Kim Harrison

Ever After HarrisonEither I was too engrossed in the story or the novel’s vocabulary is contained
within mine. I knew this word but the context it which it was used made me wonder, so I looked it up.
I was off by degree, languor is more than “very relaxed.”).

Languor by F. Zandomeneghilanguorous: adjective 1. characterized by languor; languid. 2. inducing languor: languorous fragrance.
languor, noun: 1. lack of energy or vitality; sluggishness. 2.lack of spirit or interest; listlessness; stagnation. 3. physical weakness or faintness.

From Ever After, Kim Harrison “[It was] stretched out and dangerously languorous.”

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Hounded, HearnesMore words from:
Hounded, by Kevin Hearne.
Book 1
The Iron Druid Chronicles

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Ephemeral: Not a form of the word of euphemism?

Woman with Mirror, Frederick Carl Friesekeephemeral: Adjective 1. lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood.
2. lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower.

Noun: 3. anything short-lived, as certain insects.

Studying her reflection, she bemoaned ephemeral youth.

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Inchoate:  Inch you ate?

Draft of a Supreme Court Rulinginchoate: adjective 1. not yet completed or fully developed; rudimentary.

2. just begun; incipient.

3. not organized; lacking order: an inchoate mass of ideas on the subject.

Upon rereading, the writer found her inchoate first chapter awful.

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flibbertigibbet? Not from the parchment bag in a frozen turkey.

flibbertigibbet: noun: 1. a chattering or flighty, light-headed person. 2. Archaic. a gossip.

People sometimes mistaken me for a flibbertigibbet.


dilatory: Not something that happens during childbirth.

dilatory: adjective: 1. tending to delay or procrastinate; slow; tardy. 2. intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer decision: a dilatory strategy.

He avoided eye contact, rearranged paperwork, and deployed other dilatory tactics.


Fomorians: I’m at a total loss… 

Formorian: noun, Irish Legend. One of a race of pirates or sea demons who raided and pillaged Ireland but were finally defeated: sometimes associated with the hostile powers of nature.

Hurricane Sandy ripped across the coast like a band of Fomorians of old.

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