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A Brief History of the World

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accord
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according to, or in accord with
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WORLD The World According to Student Bloopers.†
according to = as stated by; or in agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
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adopt
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The Constitution was adopted to secure domestic hostility.†
adopted = took on as one's own
DefinitionGenerally adopt means:
to take on as one's own
The exact meaning of adopt depends upon its context. For example:
  • "adopt a child" — to legally take on parental responsibilities for another person's child
  • "adopt a plan" — to accept or begin to use something
  • "adopt a pet" — to take in a pet — especially one from an animal shelter
  • "Congress adopted the resolution." — had a formal vote and passed
  • "adopted a confident attitude" — took on or displayed
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content
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Delegates from the original thirteen states formed the Contented Congress.†
contented = satisfied
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cultivate
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The climate of the Sarah is such that the inhabitants have to live elsewhere, so certain areas of the dessert are cultivated by irritation.†
cultivated = developed, grown, or prepared for growing crops
DefinitionGenerally cultivate means:
enhance growth or development
in various senses, including:
  • to grow crops or prepare land for them
  • enhance a relationship — especially for a purpose
  • develop discernment (better recognition of differences) in taste or judgment
  • to grow a culture in a petri dish
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exemplary
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Her reclining years and finally the end of her life were exemplary of a great personality.†
exemplary = serving as an example — especially a good one
DefinitionGenerally exemplary means:
serving as an example — especially one from which to draw a lesson

For instance:

        an example to copy:  exemplary behavior

        an example to avoid:  exemplary punishment
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Fourteenth Amendment
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the Fourteenth Amendment gave the ex-Negros citizenship.
Fourteenth Amendment = The Bill of Rights originally guaranteed rights from infringement by the Federal government. This important 1868 amendment extended most of those rights so that state governments were also prohibited from infringing upon them.

It also guaranteed that no person should be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law and that all persons shall be guaranteed equal protection under the law.
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genuine
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I have pasted together the following "history" of the world from certifiably genuine student bloopers collected by teachers through the U.S., from eighth grade through college.†
genuine = real
DefinitionGenerally genuine means:
real (as when a person is sincere or an object is not a replica or fake)
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inhabitant
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The inhabitants of ancient Egypt were called mummies.†
inhabitants = people (who live in a particular place)
DefinitionGenerally inhabitant means:
a person who lives in a particular place
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Julius Caesar
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Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul.†
Julius Caesar = the most famous of Rome's generals and leaders (100-44 BC)
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King Arthur
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King Alfred conquered the Dames, King Arthur lived in the Age of Shivery, King Harold mustarded his troops before the Battle of Hastings, Joan of Arc was canonized by Bernard Shaw.†
King Arthur = mythical king of the Britons (English) recognized as such when he was able to pull the sword Excalibur from the stone that had locked its blade; created the Knights of the Round Table to protect his people
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Louis Pasteur
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Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbis.†
Louis Pasteur = French chemist and biologist whose discovery that fermentation is caused by microorganisms and developed a way to keep milk and wine safe through the process named after him — pasteurization (1822-1895)
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Paradise Lost
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Milton wrote Paradise Lost.†
Paradise Lost = admired Milton epic poem of original sin (1667)
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patriarch
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Jacob was a patriarch who brought up his twelve sons to be patriarchs.†
patriarchs = a usually elderly man who is the leader of a group such as a family or tribe
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Queen Elizabeth
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Queen Elizabeth was a success because her navy went out and defeated the Spanish Armadillo.†
Queen Elizabeth = queen of England and Ireland from 1558 to 1603; daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn; succeeded Mary I (who was a Catholic) and restored Protestantism to England; during her reign Mary Queen of Scots was executed and the Spanish Armada was defeated (1533-1603)
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Queen Victoria
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Queen Victoria was the longest queen.†
Queen Victoria = queen of Great Britain and Ireland and empress of India from 1837 to 1901 when the monarchy had primarily symbolic power; the last Hanoverian ruler of England (1819-1901)
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revolution
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the computer revolution
One of the causes of the Revolutionary Wars was that the English put tacks in their tea.†
revolutionary = related to or causing dramatic change; of a supporter of the change

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ary" means related to. This is the same pattern you see in words like honorary, cautionary, and momentary.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of revolution means:
dramatic change — sometimes violent overthrow of a government
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species
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Charles Darwin was a naturalist who wrote the Organ of the Species.†
species = a similar group of animals or plants
DefinitionGenerally species means:
a group of animals or plants that are similar — typically identified as a group because they can procreate together (reproduce new members of the group)
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telepathy
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Samuel Morse invented a code of telepathy.†
telepathy = the magical ability to talk and/or listen mind-to-mind without the need to speak out loud or hear with the ears
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Thomas Jefferson
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Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the declaration of Independence.†
Thomas Jefferson = 3rd President of the US and primary writer of the Declaration of Independence
DefinitionGenerally Thomas Jefferson means:
3rd President of the US and primary writer of the Declaration of Independence; made the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and sent out the Lewis and Clark Expedition to explore it (1743-1826)
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tyranny
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Nero was a cruel tyranny who would torture his poor subjects by playing the fiddle to them.†
tyranny = harsh and unjust rule
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