33 terms

IAN Vocab 1

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ambience
the qualities and character of a particular place and the way these make you feel
bona fide
real, true, and not intended to deceive anyone
seminary
a college for training priests or ministers
stride
an improvement in a situation or in the development of something
aperçu
a discerning perception; an insight
fundamentalist
someone who follows religious laws very strictly
evangelical
Christians that believe they should persuade as many people as possible to become Christians
pique
to make you feel interested in something or someone
microcosm
a small group, society, or place that has the same qualities as a much larger one
convulse
throw (a country) into violent social or political upheaval
epicenter
the place where the most important things happen and important decisions are made
rhetoric
language that is used to persuade or influence people, especially language that sounds impressive but is not actually sincere or useful
jingoism
a strong belief that your own country is better than others - used to show diapproval
strident
forceful, loud, and determined, especially in criticizing something or someone
chasm
a pronounced difference of opinion, interests, or loyalty
gravity
the extreme and worrying seriousness of a situation
stagnate
to stop developing or making progress
remuneration
the pay you give someone for something they have done for you
tailor
to make something so that it is exactly right for someone's particular needs or for a particular purpose
channel
to control and direct something such as money or energy towards a particular purpose
plethora
a very large number of something, usually more than you need
pretension
an attempt to seem more important, more intelligent, or of a higher class than you really are
sensibility
the way that someone reacts to particular subjects or types of behavior
epoch
a period of history
intertwine
connect or link together closely
clique
a small group of people who think they are special and do not want other people to join them
interstice
a small space or crack in something or between things
plurality
a large number of different things
ecumenical
supporting the idea of uniting the different branches of the Christian religion
rally
to come together or bring people together in order to support someone or something
neutralize
to stop something from having an effect
dissipate
to gradually become less or weaker before disappearing completely
linger
to persist; to continue for a long time