1984 Book 2 Vocab Flashcards

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fatuous
showing lack of intelligence couples with lack of awareness
obeisance
the attitude of behavior of somebody who pays respect or homage to somebody or something
privation
lack of the basic necessities of life such as food, housing, and heating
eccentricity
unconventionality, especially of a whimsical sort
atrocity
a shocking cruel act; extreme evil or cruelty; something repellent
deprecating
showing or expressing disapproval; showing or expressing apology
mutability
changeability
simian
belonging to or characteristic of monkeys or apes, or resembling such animals in appearance or behavior
pathos
the quality in something that makes people feel pity or sadness; feelings of pity
persiflage
light or teasing good-natured talk
feral
animals that live or grow in the wild after having been domestically reared; similar to or typical of a wild animal
oligarchical
government by a small group of people who control a nation, often for their own purposes
fecundity
the ability to produce offspring, especially in large numbers
hierarchical
relating to or arranged in a formally ranked order
socialism
a system in which the means of production and distribution are controlled by the people and operated according to equity and fairness rather than market principles; political movements advocating an end to private property and the exploitation of the worker
Utopia
an ideal and perfect place or state, where everyone lives in harmony and everything is for the best
authoritarian
belonging to or believing in a political system in which obedience to the ruing person or group is strongly enforced
totalitarian
a centralized government system in which a single party, without opposition, rules over political, economic, social and cultural life
tyranny
oppressive government by one or more people who exercise absolute power cruelly and unjustly
vilify
to make malicious and abusive statements about somebody
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