Vocabulary Blitz Week 1

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Online Challenge Vocabulary List Week 1

analogy

a comparison of two different things that are similar in some way

comprehension

understanding

anecdote

short story of an amusing or interesting event

bias

opinion formed before there are grounds for it; prejudice

context

words, events, or circumstances that help determine meaning

tangential

slightly connected

sphere

an object with all points on its surface equally distant from its center; a ball or globe

symmetry

balance; harmony

congruent

Having the same size and shape

median

The middle number in a set of numbers that are listed in order

hypothesis

possible explanation for a set of observations or possible answer to a scientific question

placebo

something presented as a drug, but having no actual effect

neutral

having only a limited ability to react chemically

nucleus

the center of the atom which contains the protons and neutrons; in cells, structure that contains the cell's genetic material (DNA) and controls the cell's activities

accelerate

to speed up, cause to move faster; to bring about more quickly

capitalism

an economic system based on open competition in a free market, in which individuals and companies own the means of production and operate for profit

genocide

systematic killing of a racial or cultural group

imperialism

A policy in which a strong nation seeks to dominate other countries poitically, socially, and economically.

petition

formal request to someone in authority, usually written and signed by a group of people

suffrage

the right to vote

enigma

a puzzle, mystery, or riddle

facetious

not meant to be taken seriously or literally

epiphany

a moment of sudden revelation or insight

quagmire

a difficult situation

bedlam

a state of extreme confusion and disorder

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