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Vocabulary from Classical Roots D Lessons 4 & 5

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agnostic
a person who believes nothing can be known about the existence of a god
amnesty
a general pardon for offenders, especially for political offenses
arraign
1. to call to court to answer charges 2. to accuse; to charge with wrongdoing
cognition
the act of perceiving or knowing
cognizant
aware; having knowledge of something
compute
to determine by mathematics
connoisseur
an expert or very discriminating person, especially in matters of art and taste
conscientious
1. guided by one's sense of right and wrong 2. thorough; with careful attention
criterion
a standard, rule, or test on which a decision or judgment can be made
dogma
a system of doctrines put forward by an authority, especially a church, to be absolute truth
dogmatic
expressed in an authoritative or arrogant manner
frenetic
frantic; frenzied
heterodox
not in agreement with accepted beliefs
hypocrisy
pretending to have feelings, beliefs, or virtues that one does not have
impute
to to attribute or ascribe a quality, especially a fault, to a person
mnemonic
relating to or assisting the memory
notorious
wisely and unfavorably known; infamous
physiognomy
the art of judging human character by facial features; facial features when regarded as revealing character
plebiscite
a direct vote of all the people of a country or district on an important matter; a referendum
presage
a sign or feeling concerning some future event; omen; foreboding
prescience
knowledge of events before they occur; foresight; foreknowledge
prognosis
a prediction of the outcome of a disease; any forecast or prediction
putative
supposed; reputed
rationale
the reasons underlying something, often presented as a statement
rationalize
to provide a rational basis for something, often by false or self-serving reasoning
repute
to assign a reputation to
sagacious
shrewd; having good judgment; perceptive
sage
a person, usually elderly, who is honored for wisdom and experience
sapient
wise; insightful (often used ironically)
schizophrenia
a situation of extreme conflict between choices, loyalties, or ways of life