Category: Vocabulary

Aug
19
2016

hegemony

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 je  ni

predominance of one country or social group over others by virtue of leadership, influence, or ideology.
Spain’s hegemony over most of Central and South America lasted into the nineteenth century.

“Most persons have accepted that tacit but clear modern philosophy which assigns to the white race alone the hegemony of the world and assumes that other races, and particularly the Negro race, will either be content to serve the interests of the whites or die out before their all-conquering march.” W.E.B. Du Bois

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Aug
18
2016

otherwise

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uh th@r waIz

adverb
1.  in a different manner or other way.
You may think otherwise, but I thought the food was excellent.

2.  if the situation were different; under other conditions; in other circumstances.
The trunk is very heavy. Otherwise, I could move it myself.
I have to work all day Saturday. Otherwise, I could help you paint the fence.
The soup is too salty; otherwise, I would certainly enjoy it.

3.  in other respects.
The kitchen is a little small, but it’s a nice apartment otherwise.
She made one mistake. Otherwise her test was perfect.

adjective
of another kind; different.
I thought the joke was funny, but his reaction was otherwise.
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Aug
18
2016

sovereign

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sav rən
noun
1. a monarch or other royal ruler.
Queen Victoria was England’s sovereign for most of the nineteenth century.
2. a gold coin worth one pound sterling, used before 1914 in Great Britain.

adjective
1. having supreme political power or authority.
The king was the sovereign ruler of the country until he was forced to share power with an elected parliament.
2. having the power of self-government, as a state or country.
South Africa is a sovereign nation.
3. most important or significant; supreme; paramount.
Voting is our sovereign responsibility as citizens.

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Aug
17
2016

nevertheless

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ne v@r th@ les  [or]  ne v@r th@ les

adverb
however; in spite of that; anyway.
She had been warned against trying to see her ex-husband; nevertheless, she went to his place of work and barged into his office.
Men were dying of the cold, but the expedition continued nevertheless.
He almost never writes or calls, but I consider him a good friend nevertheless.
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Aug
17
2016

privilege

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prI və lihj

noun
1. a right, immunity, benefit, or advantage belonging or granted exclusively to a person, group, social class, rank, or the like.
His immigrant parents felt that being able to live in this country was a privilege. Officers have privileges that enlisted persons do not have.

2. the principle or condition of granting and preserving such exclusive rights or advantages.
In the past, admission to the prestigious university was largely based on privilege rather than academic merit.

transitive verb
to grant a privilege, immunity, or exemption to.
His rank privileges him to secret information.

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