A History of Knowledge(zeta class)

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(70 terms)
term Description
overweening too proud or confident.
impious lacking reverence or respect for God or religion
hinterland Often, hinterlands. [plural] the remote parts of a country;back country.the land behind a coastal region.
animistic the belief that natural objects, natural phenomena, and the universe itself possess souls.
enmesh to catch in or as if in a net;entangle
foolhardy recklessly or thoughtlessly bold;foolishly rash or taking unnecessary chances
prognosticating to (make a) forecast on the basis of present signs or indications; prophesy
ostensibly apparently; seemingly
extirpate to remove or destroy totally
oligarchy a form of government in which power is held by a few persons or by a dominant class or group.
promulgate to make known or put into effect (a law, statement of a court, etc.) by formally declaring
redoubtable commanding respect or reverence.
putative commonly regarded as such
hegemony domination of one country over others
inveterate habitual;constant
apotheosis The elevation of a person to the rank of god
rapacity overly grasping; greedy
patrician a person of noble or high rank;aristocrat.
nomadic migratory
mercenary hired to serve in a foreign army
cataclysm a violent and sudden event that produces great social changes;upheaval
upheaval a violent and sudden event that produces great social changes;upheaval
barter to trade by exchanging goods rather than by money
impetus a force that moves one by action
debacle a complete and total disaster, failure, or fiasco
indefatigable incapable of being tired out
watershed an important point of division or change
legate a member of the clergy sent or appointed by the pope as his representative.
inveterate habitual; constant
nuptial of or relating to marriage or the marriage ceremony
sphere of influence any area in which one nation wields dominant power over another or others.
trade wind  a nearly constant easterly wind that appears in most of the tropics and subtropics throughout the world.
discrepancy the state or quality of lacking agreement;inconsistency:[uncountable]discrepancy in the eyewitness accounts of the accident.an instance of difference or inconsistency:[countable]a few discrepancies in the account of the accident.
heedless careless;thoughtless;unmindful:
unfathomable that cannot be understood or explained
panopoly a large, magnificent, impressive arrangement, collection, or display.
allegorical figurative
foci focus
impetus a force that moves one to action;impulse:
surcease to stop doing some action.
irrevocable that cannot be changed or taken back
dogma a system of principles or tenets;doctrine:
ockham's razor a maxim, attributed to William of Ockham, stating that in explaining something assumptions must not be needlessly multipliedAlso called: the principle of economy
quiescent being at rest
tabula rasa a mind not yet affected by experiences, impressions, etc.Foreign Termsanything existing undisturbed in its original pure state.
polemic a strong argument against some controversial topic, issue, etc.
abdicate to give up (an important position, responsibility, authority, duties, a high office, etc.)
evince to show clearly
corollary A conclusion that follows naturally(an immediate consequence)
vaunted praised boastfully or excessively
bode ill  to show or suggest that future developments or events will be unfavorable or unwelcome 
preempt to acquire (something) before someone else
attrition a reduction or decrease in numbers, size, or strength
manifesto a public statement of one's intentions or purposes
blitzkrieg lightning war
seminal original and influencing future events
compunction a feeling of uneasiness for doing wrong;remorse:
entail to cause or involve by necessity or as a consequence
inferno a place that resembles hell, especially in heat
disparity great difference(antonym: parity)
eons an immeasurably long period of time
acme the highest level or degree attainable
ennui the feeling of being bored by something tedious
lethargy a state of comatose torpor
comatose Pathologylacking vitality or alertness;sleepy:
torpor sluggish inactivity.unwillingness to move much or be activesluggish inactivity.unwillingness to move much or be active.
complicity the state of being an accomplice;partnership in wrongdoing.
pogrom an organized massacre, esp. of Jews.
attaché Governmenta diplomatic official or a military officer assigned to an embassy