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Pollan Vocabulary

Pollan Vocabulary - Dwayne Jordan Basic Composition October...

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Dwayne Jordan Basic Composition October 4, 2010 Vocabulary Vocabulary Vocabulary Word: cognitive dissonance (261) Original Sentence: If this sounds like a good recipe for cognitive dissonance (if not indigestion), that was sort of the idea. Dictionary Definitions: anxiety that results from simultaneously holding contradictory or otherwise incompatible attitudes, beliefs, or the like, as when one likes a person but disapproves strongly of one of his or her habits. Paraphrase: This is a good recipe for anxiety, which was the idea Vocabulary Word: tantamount (261) Original Sentence: Preposterous as it might seem, to supporters of animal rights, what I was doing was tantamount to reading “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” on a plantation in the Deep South in 1852. Dictionary Definitions: equivalent, as in value, force, effect, or signification Paraphrase: As ridiculous as it seems, animal rights supporters would think what I was doing was equivalent to reading Uncle Toms cabin on a plantation in the deep south Vocabulary Word: neologism (261) Original Sentence: a neologism I had encountered before only in jokes–as a form of discrimination as indefensible as racism or anti-Semitism. Dictionary Definitions: a new word, meaning, usage, or phrase Paraphrase: A new word that I only heard before in jokes as a form of discrimination Vocabulary Word: prologue (261) Original Sentence: The recent civil rights past was prologue, as one liberation movement followed on the heels of another. Dictionary Definitions: an introductory scene in which a narrator summarizes the main action of the word Paraphrase: The Civil rights past was introduced as a movement on the heels of another Vocabulary Word: obliging (262) Original Sentence: the words “and animals” were added to a provision obliging the state to respect and protect the dignity of human beings. Dictionary Definitions: willing or eager to do favors, offer one's services, etc.; accommodating Paraphrase: The word “and animals” were willingly added by the state to respect and protect the dignity of humans
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