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Vocabulary Blitz Week 1

Online Challenge Vocabulary List Week 1
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analogy
a comparison of two different things that are similar in some way
comprehension
understanding
anecdote
short story of an amusing or interesting event
bias
opinion formed before there are grounds for it; prejudice
context
words, events, or circumstances that help determine meaning
tangential
slightly connected
sphere
an object with all points on its surface equally distant from its center; a ball or globe
symmetry
balance; harmony
congruent
Having the same size and shape
median
The middle number in a set of numbers that are listed in order
hypothesis
possible explanation for a set of observations or possible answer to a scientific question
placebo
something presented as a drug, but having no actual effect
neutral
having only a limited ability to react chemically
nucleus
the center of the atom which contains the protons and neutrons; in cells, structure that contains the cell's genetic material (DNA) and controls the cell's activities
accelerate
to speed up, cause to move faster; to bring about more quickly
capitalism
an economic system based on open competition in a free market, in which individuals and companies own the means of production and operate for profit
genocide
systematic killing of a racial or cultural group
imperialism
A policy in which a strong nation seeks to dominate other countries poitically, socially, and economically.
petition
formal request to someone in authority, usually written and signed by a group of people
suffrage
the right to vote
enigma
a puzzle, mystery, or riddle
facetious
not meant to be taken seriously or literally
epiphany
a moment of sudden revelation or insight
quagmire
a difficult situation
bedlam
a state of extreme confusion and disorder