sardanapalian

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  • adjective Decadently luxurious or sensual
  • adjective Having the attributes of Sardanapalus.

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From the name of the literary character Sardanapalus.

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  • adj., luxuriously effeminate.

    From the name of Sardanapalus, the last kind of Nineveh, who was supposed to have lived in outrageous luxury. (Beseiged by the Medes for two years, his favorite concubine induced him to put himself on a funeral pyre; she set fire to it herself, and it consumed the place along with his entire court. The legend of Sardanapalus cannot be connected with any Assyrian king known through archaeology.)

    July 9, 2008