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Glossary of Convergences: Ralph Ellison

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vernacular

p. 281
definition: everyday or common language; the opposite of formal language
pathology

p. 279
definition: illness, sickness
tragic

p. 278
definition: serious and sad; the opposite of funny
schemes

p. 278
definition: plans to do something, often secret and dishonest plans
inclusion

p. 282
definition: to make something or someone part of something bigger; the noun comes from the verb to include
irony

p.283
definition: a situation that is the opposite of what some viewers or observers think it is
emancipation

p. 279
definition: to free someone, especially from slavery
equivocation

p. 283
definition: to go back and forth
indispensable

p. 279
definition: something someone cannot do without; something someone cannot get rid of because it is absolutely essential
benign

p. 278
definition: good or kind; the opposite of evil
chauvinism

p. 283
definition: the belief that a person's own group (gender, class, ethnic group, religion, country)is superior to all others
illusion

p. 278
definition: seeing something that doesn't really exist
secession

p. 280
definition: when one part of a group or country withdraws from the rest of the group or country
exasperation

p. 278
definition: to make angry and impatient at the same time
severing

p. 279
definition: cutting off
cross-purposes

p. 281
definition: having different and competing goals
fantasy

p. 278
definition: something the human mind dreams or makes up; it is the opposite of reality
tributaries

p. 280
definition: a stream or river that flows into a larger river
amputation

p. 280
definition: to cut off (usually an badly injured or diseased part of the body)
catharsis

p. 280
definition: a purging or cleansing
absurd

p. 278
definition: making no sense, unreasonable, foolish
scapegoat

p. 280
definition: a person blamed for the mistakes or evil actions of other people; literally a goat that is sacrificed
manipulation

p. 282
definition: to influence something or someone secretly
motive

p. 279
definition: a reason or feeling that moves someone to action or to do something
colloquial

p. 281
definition: everyday, common speech, including slang
purging

p. 278
definition: to get rid of; literally to clean or empty the bowels with the help of medicine.

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