Translations Glossary

Translations Glossary

assimilation

The often forced and usually coerced adoption of one society's culture by another.

acquisitive

Rapaciously covetous, especially of that which does not belong to you.

hydrography

The science of conducting surveying bodies of waters.

Anglicize

The attempt to impress British sense and sensibility upon a foreign culture.

Gaelic

Relating to the ancient Celtic language and dialects derive from it, especially those native to Ireland.

endogamy

A custom proscribing marriage only within the clan or community.

flaxen

Brilliant yellow, like spun gold, usually in reference to the color of a woman's hair.

hermetic

Enclosed and tightly sealed.

colonialism

A political strategy whereby a dominant nation occupies another a geographic region for the purpose exploiting its resources while denying its native inhabitants a role in governance.

linguistics

The scientific study of the structure and mechanics of language.

alienation

The state or sensation of dislocation or isolation from the majority; a profound and overwhelming experience of depersonalization.

imperialism

Extension of a nation's authority and influence by force through military might to acquire new territory.

transcendence

Transformation into an elevated or superior state of existence.

imposition

An undesired and unwelcomed enforcement by one upon another.

topography

The layout and arrangement of natural and artificial physical features of geographical region.

hibernophile

Someone who loves all things associated with Irish culture.

syntax

The waysthe words in a sentence are arrange to create meaning.

archaic

Old-fashioned, outdated and outmoded.

quaint

Charmingly antiquated.

ignoble

Dishonorable, disgraceful and shameful.

Ordnance Survey

The nationa mapping agency of the British government.

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