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[sahr-dn-uh-peyl-yuh n, -pey-lee-uh n] /ˌsɑr dn əˈpeɪl yən, -ˈpeɪ li ən/
excessively luxurious or sensual.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And it was for this, then, that all these Sardanapalian accusations had been piled upon my head.

  • 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

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