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colossus - gigantic statue; person or thing of great size or importance
effulgent - shining brightly; brilliant
tantalize - tease; excite by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach; torture with disappointment; CF. Tantalus: Greek mythological figure
jaundiced - yellowed; prejudiced (envious, hostile, or resentful) from long and disappointing experience of human affairs; Ex. with a jaundiced eye
docile - obedient; easily managed; submissive
dissertation - formal essay; treatise
arrears - being in debt; money that should have been paid; work that should have been done
sanctuary - place of refuge; shelter; shrine; holy place; Ex. The outlaw was granted sanctuary in the church.
criteria - standards used in judging; CF. criterion
trappings - outward decorations; ornaments (as an outward sign of rank)