Between the World and Me | Study Guide

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Between the World and Me | Glossary


adherents: (n) those who support a set of ideas or beliefs

besiege: (v) to encircle in order to harass, isolate, or capture

carceral: (adj) relating to prison

countenance: (v) to allow or say what is possible or acceptable

discordant: (adj) disagreeing; lacking harmony

disembodiment: (n) the state or process of being separated from a physical form

disproportionate: (adj) out of proportion; too small or too large in relation to something else

embolden: (v) to give someone the confidence to behave a certain way or perform a certain action

exonorate: (v) to clear from blame or accusation

insidious: (adj) treacherous and subtle; occurring slowly and gradually but causing harm

justification: (n) act of showing or proving that something is reasonable

pariah: (n) an outcast

pillage: (v) to rob or plunder

privilege: (n) an advantage or right given only to a certain group or people

transfigure: (v) to transform completely

transmute: (v) to change from one substance to another

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