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CEFR C2 Vocabulary - Culture and Custom

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CEFR C2 Vocabulary
iconoclast
[noun]
an individual who criticizes and attacks beliefs, ideas, customs, etc. that are generally cherished or accepted
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iconoclasm
[noun]
the rejection or destruction of religious images as heretical
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hegemony
[noun]
the dominance or control exercised by one group, entity, or state over others, especially in the realms of politics, culture, or ideology
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descent
[noun]
the origin or lineage of a person in terms of family, nationality, or ancestry
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egalitarianism
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the belief in and advocacy for the equal rights, opportunities, and treatment of all individuals, regardless of their gender, race, social class, or other distinguishing characteristics
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mores
[noun]
the customs and values of a society that characterize it
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ethnocentrism
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the tendency to evaluate and judge other cultures or groups based on the standards and values of one's own, often resulting in a belief in the superiority of one's own culture or group
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diaspora
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the dispersion or scattering of a community or ethnic group from their ancestral or original homeland
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ethnography
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the in-depth study of people and cultures through direct observation and interaction
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counterculture
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a social and cultural movement that emerges in opposition to prevailing mainstream norms, values, and practices
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totem
[noun]
a natural object, often an animal or plant, that is considered sacred and serves as a symbol or emblem for a particular group, clan, or family
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mannerism
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a distinctive style, behavior, or way of doing things that is characteristic of a particular individual, group, or period
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conventionality
[noun]
the adherence to established customs, practices, or standards that are widely accepted within a particular society, culture, or group
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credo
[noun]
a formal statement of beliefs or principles, often religious or philosophical in nature
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precept
[noun]
a guiding principle, intended to provide moral guidance or a basis for behavior
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pageantry
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the elaborate display or ceremonial spectacle associated with public events, celebrations, or formal occasions
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syncretism
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the merging of diverse cultural elements, styles, or traditions to create something unique
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xenophobia
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an unreasonable dislike or prejudice against strangers or people of a different nation
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multiculturalism
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the belief that cultural diversity within a society should be respected
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subculture
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a group within a larger culture that shares distinctive values, norms, and behaviors, often differing from those of the dominant culture
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folklore
[noun]
the traditional beliefs, customs, stories, and legends of a particular community, usually passed down through generations by word of mouth
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endogamy
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the practice of marrying within one's own social, ethnic, or cultural group
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ritualism
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the act of sticking to old customs and ceremonies in a culture, focusing on doing things the traditional way
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animism
[noun]
the belief in spirits residing within natural elements, objects, and living beings
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coronation
[noun]
the formal ceremony or event during which a monarch or sovereign is officially crowned and invested with regal authority
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matrilineal
[adjective]
related to a cultural system where lineage and inheritance are traced through the mother's side of the family
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patrilineal
[adjective]
related to a cultural system where lineage and inheritance are traced through the father's side of the family
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acculturational
[adjective]
relating to the process of acquiring or adapting to the cultural norms, customs, and practices of a different or dominant culture
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