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alcohol abuse

alcohol abuse  

Excessive consumption of alcohol, especially when it is habitual or frequently repeated and associated with impaired capacity to function in the family and society, operate a motor vehicle or moving ...
Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol  

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1930–1987)US pop artist.The son of Czechoslovak immigrant parents, Warhol was born and brought up in Pennsylvania. After studying pictorial design at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh ...
Angus Wilson

Angus Wilson  

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(1913–1991)British writer. He was knighted in 1980.Angus Wilson was born in England but spent part of his childhood in South Africa, his mother's homeland, before completing his education at ...
antiquarianism

antiquarianism  

[Th]An intellectual tradition of enquiry that developed in Europe in the 16th and early 17th centuries ad as a result of new interests in nature, antiquity, the Renaissance of learning, and the ...
automation

automation  

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The use of automatic machinery and systems, particularly those manufacturing or data‐processing systems which require little or no human intervention in their normal operation. During the 19th ...
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Babe Didrikson Zaharias  

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(1911–1956),American athlete. Babe Didrikson Zaharias captured the popular imagination with her accomplishments in multiple sports, as well as with her courageous fight with cancer. She burst onto ...
blues

blues  

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Slow jazz song of lamentation, generally for an unhappy love affair. Usually in groups of 12 bars, instead of 8 or 16, each stanza being 3 lines covering 4 bars of music. Tonality predominantly ...
boxing

boxing  

Developed from uncontrolled encounters, in which wrestling, kicking, gouging, biting, hair‐pulling, and kicking opponents when down were practised. Early prize fights went on until one of the ...
Captivity Narrative

Captivity Narrative  

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Account of kidnapping by Indians of white persons, usually women, taken by long journeys into the wilderness. The tale of Mary Rowlandson (1682), the earliest example, is representative of New ...
Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh  

(1902–1974), U.S. flier, aviation consultant, author, and conservationist.An army‐trained pilot who also flew the mail, Lindbergh achieved world fame in 1927 for his New York–to–Paris flight, the ...
Chautauqua Movement

Chautauqua Movement  

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An outgrowth of the lyceum movement, originated at Lake Chautauqua, N.Y., where annual Methodist Episcopal camp meetings had been held until they were reorganized (1874) as assemblies for religious ...
Cheap Repository Tracts

Cheap Repository Tracts  

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A series of over one hundred entertaining moral tales, ballads, sermons, and Bible stories published by the Cheap Repository press (1795–8), many of which are by the evangelical writer Hannah ...
circus

circus  

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In 1919 the Georgian artist Nikolai Foregger lectured the Union of International Artists of the Circus on his conviction in a renaissance of the circus. He evoked theatre as the ...
comics

comics  

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These flourished from the end of the 19th century with Ally Sloper's Half‐Holiday (1884–1923) widely acknowledged as the publication that established the form, although comic strips had appeared ...
commodity

commodity  

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A standardized good, which is traded in bulk and whose units are interchangeable. Commodities are mostly the output of the primary sector, that is, agriculture and mining, or semi-processed products. ...
complementary medicine

complementary medicine  

Various forms of medicine that are considered as complementary to conventional medicine. These include acupuncture, osteopathy, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and reflexology. Some of these forms of ...
consumer society

consumer society  

The organized pursuit of getting and spending on a mass scale: a social and economic phenomenon that expanded continuously throughout the 20th century. The United Nations reports that world ...
consumption

consumption  

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1 The process of using resources to satisfy human wants or needs.2 In water supply, the fraction of the water that is not available for use by humans.
convergence

convergence  

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The general trend in which computers, telecommunications, and the broadcast media have become increasingly interdependent and have assumed similar functions for many business and other purposes. See ...
cultural capital

cultural capital  

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A term introduced by Pierre Bourdieu to refer to the symbols, ideas, tastes, and preferences that can be strategically used as resources in social action. He sees this cultural capital as a ...

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