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Nov 23, 2012
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serendipity
mithridatism
rhadamanthine
elysian
icarian

The Lament for Icarus:
The Lament for Icarus
Art: H.J. Draper (1863-1920)

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icarian

PRONUNCIATION:
(i-KAR-ee-uhn, eye-)

MEANING:
adjective: Of or relating to an over-ambitious attempt that ends in ruin.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Icarus in Greek mythology who flew so high that the sun melted the wax holding his artificial wings. Icarus plunged to his death into the sea. Earliest documented use: 1595.

USAGE:
"But the film is a warning about flying too high. Philippe Petit may have succeeded in the high wire walk, but he suffers an Icarian fall in his personal life."
Monica Heisey; Masterwork on Wire; The Queen's Journal (Kingston, Canada); Nov 14, 2008.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
This above all: to thine own self be true, / And it must follow, as the night the day, / Thou canst not then be false to any man. -William Shakespeare, poet and dramatist (1564-1616)

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