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Milquetoast
timid, weak, or unassertive person;from a comic strip written by H.T. Webster
Pollyanna
a person characterized by unfailing optimism and tendency to find good in everything
Pooh-bah
Pompous, ostentatious official - especially one who holds many offices and does nothing to fulfill them; After Lord-high-everything-else, character in 'the Mikado,' a musical by Gilbert and S
Quixotic
having foolish or impractical ideas of honor, or schemes for the general good; after Don Quixote, a half-crazy reformer and knight of those in distress in a novel titled in his name
scrooge
a bitter or greedy person; from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," an elderly stingy miser who is given a reality check by three ghosts
Shangri-La
any Earthly paradise; particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia - a permanently happy land that is isolated from the outside world
Simon Legree
a harsh, cruel, demanding person in authority; from "Uncle Tom's Cabin," the brutal slave overseer
Svengali
person with an irresistible hypnotic power; from "Trilby," a novel about a musician who hypnotizes and gains control over the heroine
Tartuffe
Hypocrite or someone who's hypocritical
Uncle Tom
Someone with a timid service attitude like that of a slave to his owner; a humble, pious long-suffering slave from "uncle Tom's Cabin"
Uriah Heep
a fawning toadie, an obsequious person (subservient person)
Walter Mitty
non-adventurous person who seeks escape from reality through daydreaming
Yahoo
boorish, crass, or stupid person; member of a race of brutes in "Gulliver's Travels"