Terms in this set (21)
an award or privilege granted as a special honor or as an acknowledgement of merit; an expression of praise or admiration
synonym: honor, award, tribute, commendation, praise, kudos
antonym: contempt, shame, dishonor, condemnation
cosmopolitan - adj. and n.
familiar with and at ease in many different countries and cultures; having an exciting or glamorous character associated with travel and a mixture of cultures
as a noun, a cosmopolitan person
synonym: worldly, international, cultivated, cultured, sophisticated
antonym: homespun, rustic, unsophisticated, unrefined
haughty - adj.
arrogantly superior and disdainful
synonym: supercilious, conceited, snobbish
imperialism - n.
a policy of extending a country's power and influence through diplomacy or military force
lithe - adj.
thin, supple, and graceful
synonym: agile, nimble, deft, limber
antonym: clumsy, rigid
mobilization - n.
act of preparing and organizing troops for active service (warfront)
act of organizing and encouraging people to act in a particular way in order to bring about a particular objective; act of bringing resources into use in order to achieve a particular goal (homefront)
synonym: deployment, incitement
nationalism - n
patriotic feelings, principles, or efforts, often extreme to the point of the feeling of superiority.
synonym: patriotism, jingoism (jingoism = extreme patriotism, especially in the form of aggressive or warlike foreign policy)
nigh - adj. and adv.
near (adj. and adv.) or almost (adv.)
parapet - n.
a low protective wall along the edge of a roof, bridge, or balcony
a protective wall or earth defense along the top of a trench or other place for the concealment of troops
synonym: balustrade, barricade, rampart, bulwark, embankment, bastion
quaver - v. and n.
verb: shake or tremble in speaking, typically through nervousness or emotion
noun: a shake or tremble in a person's voice
synonym: tremble, waver, quiver
antonym: steady/steadiness, firmness
sardonic - adj.
grimly mocking or cynical
synonym: satirical, sarcastic, derisive, caustic
antonym: sincere, kind
sedition - n.
conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or sovereign
synonym: subversion, provocation, insurrection, mutiny, insurgence
antonym: submission, obedience
specious - adj.
1. superficially plausible, but actually wrong
2. misleading in appearance; especially misleadingly attractive
synonym: misleading, deceptive, spurious
antonym: unambiguous, genuine
spurious - adj.
not being what it purports to be be; false or fake
synonym: fake, false, counterfeit, fraudulent, misleading, specious
progressive - n. and adj.
1. adj. only -- happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step
2. n. and adj. -- favoring or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas; favoring or promoting change or innovation
assimilation - n.
1. take in information, ideas, or culture and understand fully, make them one's own
2. absorb and integrate people, ideas, or culture into a wider society or culture
antonym: rejection, alienation
nativism - n.
1. policy of protecting the interests of native-born or established inhabitants against those of immigrants
2. a return to or emphasis on traditional or local customs, in opposition to outside influences
patronage - n.
1. support given by a patron (a person who gives financial or other support to a person, organization, cause, or activity)
2. power to control appointments to office or the right to privileges
populism - n.
1. political party seeking to represent the interests of ordinary people
2. belief in and concern for the views of ordinary people
prodigious - adj.
remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree
synonym: immense, tremendous, exceptional
antonym: small, unexceptional
supercilious - adj.
behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others
synonym: arrogant, haughty, pompous, conceited
antonym: humble, modest, unpretentious
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