Samson is a character from the Bible known for being very, very strong. For example, he used a bone to kill a whole army, and he knocked down some pillars on a building.
So, someone or something Samsonian either has incredible physical strength or requires incredible physical strength.
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Part of speech:
You always capitalize proper adjectives, like “Korean,” “Shakespearean,” and “Christian.”
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a Samsonian ordeal”
2. After a linking verb, as in “The ordeal was Samsonian.”)
You can use the noun "Samson" to refer to any super-strong guy.
How to use it:
Talk about Samsonian feats, Samsonian tasks, Samsonian effort, Samsonian slaughters, Samsonian strength (although that last one you might find a little redundant,) and so on.
With a Samsonian build and the hair to match, Gaston is one of Disney's most attractive villains.
Chad once ran an entire marathon, but for me, just jogging a few loops around the neighborhood would be a Samsonian task.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "Samsonian" means when you can explain it without saying "powerful" or "takes a lot of effort."
Think of a job or chore that turned out to be much easier than you expected, and fill in the blanks: "_____ wasn't the Samsonian task I thought it would be; all I had to do was _____."
Example: "Painting the stairwell wasn't the Samsonian task I thought it would be; all I had to do was position the ladder really carefully on each landing, and the rest was easy."
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We’re starting off with easy questions, then working our way toward some whoppers at the end of the month, all the while focusing on funny, unusual words; surprising word histories; and cool tidbits about the language.
World War II’s two types of dirigibles were A-rigid, and what?
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Try this one today. It should feel moderately easy:
What word is a combination of “boom” and “hoist”?
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1. The opposites of SAMSONIAN are
A. HERCULEAN & SISYPHEAN
B. CHEAP & FREE
C. WEAK & EASY
2. In a display of Samsonian glory, Mike _____.
A. earned the highest score ever on the pinball machine
B. picked up the old refrigerator and carried it out of the house without so much as a grimace
C. brandished his latest electricity bill, which was less than $15 thanks to his newly installed solar panels
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