Vocabulary Word Meanings: From Xenophobia to Yoke, Zenith, Zealot

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Xenophobia

noun- the fear or hatred of anything foreign

Also used as: Xenophobic- adj

Millions of people have been killed because of nothing more than xenophobia.

Yield

verb- gives up; give in

We yielded to their pleas and went to the party.

Yoke

verb- to link or join together; marry

Also used as: Yoke- noun- the wooden frame used to join two oxen so they can pull the plow.

Walter was yoked to his job and his family had to settle for second place.

Zenith

noun- the highest point; apex

Also used as: Zenithal (adj)

She retired at the zenith of her career before her skills began to decline.

Zealot

noun- someone with an extreme enthusiasm for a particular belief or activity; a fanatic

Also used as: Zeal, zealotry, zealousness-nouns; zealous- adj; zealously- adv

Many religious zealots have been willing to die for their beliefs.

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