Letter from Birmingham Jail | Study Guide

Martin Luther King Jr.

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Letter from Birmingham Jail | Glossary


anesthetize: (v) to subject to the loss of sensation or feeling

gladiatorial contest: (n) battle staged between professional fighters during the Roman Empire for public entertainment. Held from roughly 105 BCE to 404 CE, gladiatorial contests usually ended in the death of one of the competitors.

indicative: (adj) serving to indicate or demonstrate an idea or need

infanticide: (n) the killing of a baby

legitimate: (adj) in agreement with logic and reason; justified

paternalistically: (adv) in the manner of an authority who controls the conduct of a particular group

provocation: (n) the act of arousing or stimulating a reaction from another person or entity

sanction: (n) permission or approval from an authority. Sanctions may be implied or explicit.

segregation: (n) separation of people based on class, race, or ethnicity

status quo: (n) the way things are now. Status quo is a Latin phrase meaning "existing state"; it is used to refer to the current situation.

Zeitgeist: (n) the spirit of an age. This German term encompasses the moral, cultural, and intellectual environment of a particular era.

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