The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain Glossary

The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain Glossary

subconsciously

Doing something without being actively aware of why or the motivation behind it.

ecstasy

A heightened and intense state of absolute joy or pleasure.

brethren

Characteristic of the close relationship that exist between brothers, but not necessitated by either familial relations or maleness.

distinctive

Something that sets one apart from the crowd; unique and idiosyncratic.

innumerable

Far too many to be accurately counted.

incongruous

Incompatible or unsuitable; a relationship between two or more entities that is inappropriately out of joint.

drab

Utterly lacking in vivid properties; boring, dull and blah.

standardization

Forced conformity; excessively homogenized in an effort to remove any individuality.

Nordic

Relating to Scandinavian ancestry and culture; code in this sense for white European culture.

spiritual

Term for a type of gospel song sung in African-American churches.

overtone

Meaning that is hinted at indirectly rather that explicitly addressed.

undertone

An overall suggestion of meaning or feeling that can be inferred not from individual bits of information or data, but from how all that information or data fits together.

sufficient

Enough to meet a specific need with the suggestion of having more than enough.

smug

An overwhelming expression of superior self-satisfaction with just a hint of mockery toward others.

inexhaustible

An infinite supply; limitless and never-ending.

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