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ENG 102: 1-4

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acronym
a word formed from the initial letters of a name
aesthetics
philosophy of beauty and fine arts
affluent
rich; wealthy
agnostic
not committed to believing in either the existence or nonexistence of God or a god
a la carte
separate prices for each item on the menu
alchemy
medieval chemical philosophy
allegory
a symbolic representation
altruism
selflessness
ambiguity
vague
amnesty
general pardon
analogy
correspondence between dissimilar things
anarchy
absence of political authority
appease
to cause to subside
buffer
barrier; cushion
caricature
deliberately exaggerated; comic effect
carte blanche
unconditional authority
caste
hereditary classes
catharsis
figurative cleansing
caucus
political meeting
charisma
magnetism
chivalry
gallant or distinguished gentleman
circumlocution
evasion; a roundabout expression
cliche
overused expression
coalition
alliance
coherent
logical relation
commodity
an economic good
connote
suggest; imply
decadence
decline; decay
deja vu
illusion
delude
deceive
dialectic
arriving at the truth; disclosing the contradictions
diffuse
scattering
dissident
disagreeing
eclectic
diverse
eclipse
obscuring
ecumenism
religious unity
elite
best
elucidate
clarifying explanation
embargo
prohibiting trade