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30 terms

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.