Fall 09 English Vocab

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public condemnation: a public accusation or condemnation of something or somebody


not obvious: not easily seen or noticed

James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens

(September 12, 1913 - March 31, 1980) was an American track and field athlete. He participated in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, where he achieved international fame by winning four gold medals: one each in the 100 metres, the 200 meters, the long jump, and as part of the 4x100 meter relay team.

Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr

17 August 1887 - 10 June 1940[1]), was publisher, journalist,entrepreneur, Black Nationalist, Pan-Africanist, and orator. Founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League


cabbage with very coarse, thick leaves


tending to cause death; highly injurious;

Eubie Blake

1800s, performer, jazz musician, late night talk show host, creates plays that are not in cooperatiom with white artists, everything black


freedom from guilt shame or punishment


excessive drinking


most holy or sacred rite


relating to a society in which men hold the greatest legal and moral authority


a movable article of property

Bessie Smith

African American blues singer who played and important role in the Harlem Reniassance


corruption; wickedness; perverted disposition


freedom from punishment, penalty, or harm


to destroy the sacred nature of something

Duke Ellington

United States jazz composer and piano player and bandleader (1899-1974)

Shirley Chisholm

The first African-American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives


intentional breach of faith; treachery


stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing


1. neglected and dirty: neglected, insanitary and unpleasant 2. without any fine qualities: lacking in honesty, dignity


1. a quality of being unconventional, especially in a whimsical way 2. Noun version: an example or instance of unconventional whimsical behavior


1. injustice or immorality: great injustice or extreme immorality 2. immoral act: a grossly immoral act


a condition marked by uncontrollable tremor;, Paralysis.


1. Overused; old & stale from overuse (like an old juice); 2) white with age-as in hair that has become white or gray with age.


(v) to whip, punish severely; (n) a cause of affliction or whip verb; suffering; a source of severe punishment or criticism.


habitually silent or quiet; temperamentally disinclined to talk.


v. to lessen pain or distress ; to lessen the intensity of.


lacking moral discipline adjective; lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal restraint; disregarding accepted rules. "to urinate in the country woods is OK; to urinate ona public street is ______".


recklessly wasteful; wildly extravagant; immoral. "The prodigal son wasted his father's inheritance on gambling & drink".


word orword or phrase; phrase characteristically used to describe a person .


indirect reference;


reject (documents) as invalid, a person without moral scruples.

Paul Robeson

United States bass singer and an outspoken critic of racism and proponent of socialism (1898-1976); 3-year NFL pro; also scholar, lawyer, singer, actor and political activist


inequality or difference in some respect; "The _______ of the soccer teams was evident in the final score of the game (9-0)".


pertaining to cows or cattle; "The vaccination had _______ orgins; it was made from cow's blood".


concise and full of meaning adjective; "The man welcomed her _____ comments about politics."


A curse; a wish of evil upon another. "Harry Potter stories are full of ______".


resistant to; free or exempt from; N. immunity "The public is hopeful that receiving the flu vaccine will help them become _______ to the flu virus.".


pretending to be holy or pious. "Ministers that are slave owners are _________; they do not practice love of their neighbors."


extremely evil or cruel, an inhabitant of hell . "The ________ heat and noise in the small classroom was unbearable".


a deliberately deceptive or misleading argument; The senatorial candidate argued that his opponent was using ________ in an effort to distort his plan for education.


Tending to be troublesome; unruly, quarrelsome,; "Sometimes Eliza can be _________ when there are alot of people around".


noisy quarrel


stern or cold in apperance or manner


to indulge oneself excessively

Eugene "Bull" Conner

(July 11, 1897, Selma, Alabama - March 10, 1973) was a Democratic Party politician and police official from the city of Birmingham, Alabama, during the American Civil Rights Movement. He was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and a staunch advocate of racial segregation.


characterized by a mixture of opposite feelings or attitudes


A decree or an order forbidding something.

W.E.B. Dubois

1st black to earn Ph.D. from Harvard, encouraged blacks to resist systems of segregation and discrimination, helped create NAACP in 1910

Claude Mckay

A poet who was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance movement and wrote the poem "If We Must Die" after the Chicago riot of 1919.


Excessively bright and flashy; tastelessly glaring.

Zora Neale Hurston

African American writer and folklore scholar who played a key role in the Harlem Renaissance

Flannery O'Connor

She was a Southern writer who often wrote in a Southern Gothic style and relied heavily on regional settings and grotesque characters. Her writing also reflected her own Roman Catholic faith, and frequently examined questions of morality and ethics.

Eudora Welty

United States writer about rural Southern life (1909-2001)


drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards or to slip/make a mistake




appearing to be true; reasonable; seeming to be logical or correct


quality in drama, speech, music, literature, or events that arouses a feeling of pity/sorrow

King Lear

the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who was betrayed and mistreated by two of his scheming daughters

William Faulker

was a Nobel Prize-winning American author. One of the most influential writers of the 20th century, his reputation is based on his novels, novellas and short stories. He was also a published poet and an occasional screenwriter


of or expected from a son or daughter

Bronte Sisters

were English writers of the 1840s and 1850s. Their novels caused a sensation when they were first published and were subsequently accepted into the canon of great English literature.


easily irritated

Carson McCullers

American Southern Gothic writer. 'The Ballad of the Sad Café,' 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.'


a choice between two unpleasant or difficult options


judgment made without experience

Willa Cather

United States writer who wrote about frontier life (1873-1947)


firm and dependable especially with loyalty


tending to avoid people and social situations, reserved

nonviolent direct action

public actions that are confrontative, disruptive, and possibly illegal, in which there is no physical threat


to agree


regrettably; unfortunately

status quo

the current situation or condition


the state of being self-satisfied


the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation


carelessness, laziness


stepping in to try to solve the problem


incapable of being solved or untangled


adjusting behavior to meet a group's standard

James Meredith

He was a civil rights advocate who spurred a riot at the University of Mississippi. The riot was caused by angry whites who did not want him to register at the university. The result was forced government action, showing that segregation was no longer government policy.

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