10 terms

Vocab #1 ("A Quilt of a Country")

Vocabulary from "A Quilt of a Country" and "Civility in the Salad Bowl"
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improbable
adj. not likely to be true or to occur or to have occurred

syn. unlikely, doubtful, uncertain
mongrel
n. -an inferior dog or one of mixed breed
-a person of mixed discent
disparate
adj. fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind

syn. contrasting, different, unalike
bigotry
n. intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.
ostracism
n. the state of being banished or ostracized (excluded from society by general consent)
conundrum
n. a confusing or difficult problem or question
Balkanize
v. divide a territory into small, mutually hostile states
incendiary
adj. capable of catching fire spontaneously or causing fires or burning readily
fisticuffs
n. a fight with bare fists
tenuous
adj. having little substance or significance; weak