I found this definition of "Baroque" on Answers.com It didn't quote the author, which seems a bit rough, but he's obviously a smart bod. It has three words which I wasn't sure about. (probably more, but I don't want to look too stupid) Encomia, Catafalque and Epithalamia. ....................."By this account, baroque designates art and architecture from c. 1580 to c. 1750, and is a proselytizing Catholic art and grandiose power statement adopted by kings, emperors, popes, and other aspiring absolutists. Its multimedia forms were thought to be monumental, exuberant, unstable, theatrical, and metamorphic. Its psychology was self-aware, mystical, manipulative, melodramatic, and playful. Its subjects ranged from the abject to the sublime, from caricatures to idealized portraits, from sexualized ecstasies to bloody dismemberings. Its modes of expression were encomia, catafalques, and epithalamia; its key symbols the mask, the labyrinth, and the telescope and microscope." Encomia: lavish praise From Greek enkomium, a speech praising a victory Catafalque: A decorated platform on which a coffin rests during the funeral of a very important person. From Latin Catafalca Epithalamia: An ode celebrating a wedding. From Greek Epithalamios, of a wedding.