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20 terms

Letter from Birmingham Jail definitions

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cognizant
having knowledge or being aware of: statesmen must be ___ OF the political boundaries within which they work.
deplore
feel or express strong disapproval of (something): we ___ this act of violence.
moratorium
a temporary prohibition of an activity: an indefinite ___ on the use of drift nets.
concur
be of the same opinion; agree: the authors ___ed WITH the majority | they ___ed IN the creation of the disciplinary procedures | "That's right," the chairman ___ed.
status quo
the existing state of affairs, especially regarding social or political issues: they have a vested interest in maintaining THE ___.
paradoxical
seemingly absurd or self-contradictory: by glorifying the acts of violence they achieve the ___ effect of making them trivial.
advocate
publicly recommend or support: they ___(e)d an ethical foreign policy.
conversely
introducing a statement or idea that reverses one that has just been made or referred to: he would have preferred his wife not to work, although ___ he was also proud of what she did.
relegate
consign or dismiss to an inferior rank or position: they aim to prevent women from being ___(e)d to a secondary role.
assert
state a fact or belief confidently and forcefully: [ with clause ] : the company ___(e)s that the cuts will not affect development | [ with obj. ] : he ___(e)d his innocence | [ with direct speech ] : "I don't know why she came," he ___(e)d.
precipitate
cause (an event or situation, typically one that is bad or undesirable) to happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or prematurely: the incident ___(e)d a political crisis.
elegy
a poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead
repudiate
refuse to accept or be associated with: she has ___(e)d policies associated with previous party leaders.
• deny the truth or validity of: the minister ___(e)d allegations of human rights abuses.
complacency
a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements: the figures are better, but there are no grounds for ___.
emulate
match or surpass (a person or achievement), typically by imitation: lesser men trying to ___ his greatness.
• imitate: hers is not a hairstyle I wish to ___.
integral
necessary to make a whole complete; essential or fundamental: games are a(n) ___ part of the school's curriculum | systematic training should be ___ to library management.
solace
comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness: she sought ___ in her religion.
reiterate
say something again or a number of times, typically for emphasis or clarity: [ with clause ] : she ___(e)d that the administration would remain steadfast in its support | [ with direct speech ] : "I just want to forget it all," he ___(e)d | [ with obj. ] : he ___(e)d the points made in his earlier speech.
blatant
(of bad behavior) done openly and unashamedly: ___ lies.
• completely lacking in subtlety; very obvious: forcing herself to resist his ___ charm.
sanctimonious
making a show of being morally superior to other people: what happened to all the ___ talk about putting his family first?