The German Ideology Glossary

The German Ideology Glossary

alleged

said, without proof, to have taken place or to have a specified illegal or undesirable quality

bourgeois

characteristic of the middle class, typically with reference to its perceived materialistic values or conventional attitudes

charlatanry

quackery

chimera

fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail

collapse

fall down

decomposition

decay

dogma

a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true

elucidate

make something clear, explain

feudal

absurdly outdated or old-fashioned

fictitious

not real or true, being imaginary or having been fabricated

ideology

a system of ideas and ideals, esp. one that forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy

kernel

a softer, usually edible part of a nut, seed, or fruit stone contained within its hard shell

mystification

hoax

parochial

of or relating to a church parish

patriarchal

of, relating to, or characteristic of a system of society or government controlled by men

peasantry

small farmer

phantom

a ghost

premise

a previous statement or proposition from which another is inferred or follows as a conclusion

profess

claim openly but often falsely that one has (a quality or feeling)

rapidity

quickness

ruthless

having or showing no pity or compassion for others

staunch

loyal and committed in attitude

sublime

of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe

subsistence

the action or fact of maintaining or supporting oneself at a minimum level

valiant

possessing or showing courage or determination

yoke

a wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plow or cart that they are to pull

zeal

great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective

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