12 Angry Men (1957 film)

12 Angry Men (1957 film) Glossary

premeditated (adjective)

planned out beforehand (especially in relation to a crime).

first-degree murder (noun)

an unlawful killing that is both willful and premeditated.

reasonable doubt (noun)

A reasonable doubt exists when a factfinder cannot say with moral certainty that a person is guilty or a particular fact exists.

unanimous (adjective)

held or carried by everyone involved.

jury foreman (noun)

a jury member who acts as the chairman and spokesperson for the jury.

open-and-shut case (noun)

A case that is easily decided or solved because the facts are very clear.

Woolworth Building (proper noun)

Headquarters of a large chain of retailers; an early skyscraper, built in 1913, and the tallest building in the world until 1930

Yankees (proper noun)

an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of the Bronx that compete in the Major League.

the chair (noun)

As in, the electric chair, a chair in which criminals sentenced to death are executed by electrocution.

slum (noun)

a squalid and overcrowded urban street or district inhabited by very poor people.

forgery (noun)

the action of forging or producing a copy of a document, signature, banknote, or work of art.

coroner (noun)

an official who investigates violent, sudden, or suspicious deaths.

switch knife (noun)

a type of knife with a folding or sliding blade contained in the handle which is opened automatically by a spring when a button, lever, or switch on the handle or bolster is activated.

pawn shop (noun)

a pawnbroker's shop, especially one where unredeemed items are sold to the public.

marmalade (noun)

a preserve made from citrus fruit, especially bitter oranges, prepared like jam.

Demsey-Firpo (proper noun)

a historic boxing fight: It was the first time that a Latin American fighter competed for the world heavyweight title, and it was one of the defining fights of Dempsey's career.

loudmouth (noun)

a person who tends to talk too much in an offensive or tactless way.

sadist (noun)

a person who derives pleasure, especially sexual gratification, from inflicting pain or humiliation on others.

hung jury (noun)

slang term for a hopelessly deadlocked jury in a criminal case, in which a decision on guilt or innocence cannot be made.

acquittal (noun)

a judgment that a person is not guilty of the crime with which the person has been charged.