VCR Lesson 2
By Emily Zheng
Sacrament: n. Something considered to have sacred significance.
Root: SACER (sacred)
The young couple continued their long family religion by having their sacrament of marriage in the old but meaningful church.
Sanctuary: n. A sacred place; any place of refuge
Root: SANCTUS (holy)
Many refugees of the civil war took sanctuary in the local consecrated church where they could also worship everyday and deepen their connection with God.
Hieroglyphic: adj. 1. Written with pictures to represent sounds or meanings of words.
2. Hard to read.
Root: HIEROS (holy, sacred, supernatural)
The scholars now spend hours everyday bent over the ancient hieroglyphic forms of past civilizations, trying to decipher their true meanings. It is a difficult task, though, since many ancients may have had hieroglyphic writing that does not seem to create any patterns or make any sense to the people today.
Expiate: tr. v. To make amends for; to atone for.
Roots: PIO, PIAVI, PIATUM (to appease, to purify(with sacred rites))
The professor attempted to expiate his accidental offensive remarks he had made in class by apologizing separately to a handful of certain students immediately after the session had ended.