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Sardanapalian

[sahr-dn-uh-peyl-yuh n, -pey-lee-uh n]
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  1. excessively luxurious or sensual.
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Origin of Sardanapalian

1865–70; Sardanapal(us) a legendary Assyrian king proverbial for his decadence (< Latin < Greek Sardanápal(l)os, perhaps ultimately < Akkadian Aššur-ban-apli Ashurbanipal) + -ian
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Examples from the Web for sardanapalian

Historical Examples

  • And it was for this, then, that all these Sardanapalian accusations had been piled upon my head.

    Eyes Like the Sea

    Mr Jkai

  • They copy the luxuries, the inborn vices of the blue blood of Europe's crowned Sardanapalian autocrats.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas

    Richard Henry Savage

  • The first movement has the martial pomp and hauteur and the Sardanapalian opulence and color that mark 294 a barbaric triumph.

  • The cacique was taken prisoner and with him his entire Sardanapalian court.

    De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2)

    Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt