Glossary of Terms: Becoming Minnesotan

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Definition
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.

Dalai Lama

The supreme head of Tibetan Buddhism, considered the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.

debate

Noun:  An argument or discussion of opposing views or different ideas.

Verb:  To participate in a debate; to dispute, argue, especially in a public arena.  (debates, debating, debated)

deface

Verb:  To damage or spoil the appearance of something.  (defaces, defacing, defaced)

default

Noun: A selection made automatically or without thought, ususally due to lack of another choice.

deficiency

Noun:  Inadequacy or incompleteness; missing something.

dehydrated

Adjective:  Dry; suffering from lack of water. 

delegation

Noun:  A group of people who represent the interests of a larger group.

deliberate

Adjective: Intentional; on purpose.

delinquency

Noun:  Misconduct or criminal behavior.

demonstrate

Verb:  To display; to show; to prove.  (demonstrates, demonstrating, demonstrated)

denounce

Verb: To make a formal or public accusation against; to inform against; to accuse. (denounces, denouncing, denounced)

dense

Adjective:  Crowded with information.

deny

Verb:   To refuse to admit; to say something is false.  (denies, denying, denied)

dependent

Noun:  A person who legally relies on another person for financial support.

deport

Verb: To force a person who is not a citizen to leave a country. (deports, deported, deporting)

depression

Noun:  A state of mind producing serious, long-term unhappiness or inability to visualize a happy future.

deprivation

Noun: The act of taking something away or denying someone something.

descent

Noun:  Lineage or hereditary derivation.

destiny

Noun: Fate; that to which a person is destined.

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