AM Lit Vocab 1-2

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accredit

To authorize; to certify; to believe.

credence

Belief; acceptance as true.

creditable

Deserving praise.

credulous

Believing too easily; gullible.

creed

A statement of belief or principle.

deify

To make a god of.

deity

A god or goddess.

divine

1. To foretell by supernatural means. 2. To know by intuition or insight.

divinity

1. A god or goddess; a divine being. 2. The state of being divine.

apotheosis

1. Making a god of something; deification. 2. A glorified ideal; an essence.

theocracy

Government by divine power or priests.

theology

The study of religion.

atheist

A person who believes there is no god.

pantheism

Identifying got with nature; belief in all gods.

pantheon

All the gods of a people or religion.

consecrate

1. To make or declare something sacred. 2. To dedicate something to a goal.

execrate

To denounce as vile or evil; to curse; to detest.

sacrament

Something considered to have sacred significance.

sacrilege

Disrespect to something regarded as sacred.

sacrosanct

Sacred (often used ironically).

sanctimonious

Pretending to be righteous.

sanction

1. Approval; support; permission. 2. (usually plural) A penalty for breaking with law or custom.

sanctity

Godliness; holiness.

sanctuary

A sacred place; any place of refuge.

hierarchy

A group organized by rank.

hieroglyphic

1. Written with pictures to represent sounds or meanings of words. 2. Hard to read.

expiate

To make amends for; to atone for.

piety

Religious devotion; great respect toward something, especially parents.

impious

Sacrilegious; profane; lacking appropriate reverence or respect.

pittance

A meager portion of anything, especially an allowance or salary.

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