Glossary of Terms: Becoming Minnesotan

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Definition
conductor

Noun:  A person who takes tickets on public transportation.

congregation

Noun: A gathering of faithful in a Christian church, Jewish synagogue, mosque or other place of worship.

conscience

Noun:  The moral sense of right and wrong, mainly as it affects one's own behavior.

conscious

Adjective:  To be aware of one’s existence or state of being.

conservation

Noun:  A wise use of natural resources.

conservative

Adjective:  Tending to resist change.

consideration

Noun:  The thought process of considering, of taking everything into account; something considered a reason for a decision.

consolation

Noun:   Something which consoles or comforts.

conspiracy

Noun: A secret plan among a group of people to commit an unlawful or wrongful act.

consulate

Noun: An office of a government in a foreign city that oversees the distribution of visas and provides assistance to nationals.

consulting company / firm

Noun:  A firm of experts providing professional advice to an organization for a fee.

consumption

Noun:  The act of eating or using something.

contented

Adjective: Satisfied; happy.

context

Noun:  Circumstances that help to determine the meaning of an object or event.

contract

Noun:  An agreement between two or more parties, to perform a specific job or work order, often temporary or of fixed duration and usually governed by a written agreement.

contractor

Noun:  A person or company that performs specific tasks like electrical or plumbing work in construction projects.

convenience

Noun:  Anything that makes for an easier life.

conventional weapon

Noun:  A weapon of warfare which is not nuclear, chemical, or biological in nature.

conversant

Adjective:  Closely familiar; well-informed.

converse

Verb: To talk; to engage in conversation. (converses, conversing, conversed)

convert

Verb:  To exchange for something of equal value.  (converts, converting, converted)

cope

Verb:  To deal effectively with something difficult.  (copes, coping, coped)

correspondent

Noun: A journalist who sends reports to his newspaper or radio or television station from a distant or overseas location.

counterpart

Noun:   A person or thing having the same function or characteristics as another.

cream of the crop

Noun: The best or most desirable among some selection.

cricket

Noun:  A game played outdoors with bats and a ball between two teams of eleven, popular in England and many Commonwealth countries.

crisis

Noun:  A crucial or decisive point or situation; a turning point.  (plural: crises)

criticize

Verb:  1.  To review something and point out what is good and bad about it.  2.  To find fault with something.  (critcizes, criticizing, criticized)

crown

Verb:  To declare someone a winner.  (crowns, crowning, crowned)

crucial

Adjective:  Being necessary for determining the outcome or future of something; extremely important.

cruelty

Noun:  An indifference to suffering or positive pleasure in inflicting suffering; a cruel act.

cultural

Adjective:  Relating to the traditions and customs of a group or society.

culture

Noun:  The arts, customs, and habits that characterize a particular society or nation.

curfew

Noun: A rule requiring people to be off the streets and in their homes by a certain time.

currency

Noun:  Money or other item used in transactions.

curriculum

Noun:  Established educational materials and exercises that follow a set pattern over a period of time.

customs

Noun:  1. The habitual practices of doing or living; traditions.  2. The government department or agency that is authorised to collect the taxes imposed on imported goods.

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