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Cultural Literacy Terms 7

c.l. terms English IV
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animism
belief that natural objects possess a soul or spirit
anthropomorphism
attributing of human characteristics and purposes to inanimate objects, animals, plants, or other phenomena, or to God
asceticism
austere, simple way of life which renounces material pleasures and devotes energy to moral or religious purposes
avatar
Hinduism, a god made visibly present in human form; any new embodiment of an old idea
Baha'i
teacher or follower of a religion advocating universal peace and stressing the spiritual unity of human kind
patronage
power of a government official or leader to make appointments and offer favors
Peace Corps
agency of U.S. Government that sends American volunteers to developing nations to help improve living standards and provide training
plantiff
party that institutes a suit in court and sues the defendant
platform
poltical party's or candidate's written statement of principles and plans
pocket veto
automatice veto of a bill that occurs if the president or govenor neither signs nor vetoes a bill within 10 days of receiving it
depreciation
decline over time in the value of a tangible asset
depression
period of drastic decline in the natinal economy, decreasing business activity, falling prices, and unemployment
dividend
payment to the stockholders or corporation from the corporation's earnings
division of labor
dividing a job into many specialized parts, with a single worker or a few workers assigned to each part
dot-coms
colloquial name given to start-up companies that sells goods and services over the internet