Is War Over? — A Paradox Explained

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


When someone has transitioned, they have gone through a process of changing their gender. This process can be difficult, but it is ultimately worth it.

  • She transitioned in 2015, and her transition was very difficult.
  • He transitioned in 2017, and his transition was much easier.

A dictatorship is a government in which one person or group has control over everything. This means that the dictator can make any decisions that he or she wants, and there is no freedom of speech or freedom of assembly.

  • The dictator ruled with an iron fist, and anyone who disagreed with him was punished.
  • The dictator ruled with an iron fist, and anyone who disagreed with him was executed.

When someone is traumatised, they have been through a traumatic event. This can be anything from a car accident to a fight.

  • She was traumatised by the car accident, and she's not going to be able to drive for a long time.
  • He was traumatised by the fight, and he's still feeling the effects of it years later.

To mutilate is to injure or harm someone very badly. If you mutilate a statue, you damage it very badly.

  • The statue was mutilated when vandals cut off its arms.
  • The soldier was mutilated when the enemy attacked him.

The word "rarer" is used to describe things or events that are not as common as other things or events.

  • The rarer the wine, the better it tastes.
  • The rarer the bird, the more expensive it is.

An autocracy is a government where the ruler is a single person. This person usually has a lot of power and can make decisions without any input from the people.

  • The autocracy is a very bad system, because the ruler is completely unaccountable.
  • The autocracy is the best system, because the ruler is able to make decisions quickly and efficiently.

To stipulate is to agree to something in a particular way. When you stipulate a clause in a contract, you are agreeing to the terms in a specific way.

  • The company stipulated that the contract would be for a year.
  • The lawyer stipulated that the meeting would be in private.

When something sparks is when it starts to work or when it starts to produce an effect. When you light a match, the spark starts to produce heat.

  • The article sparked a lot of controversy.
  • The new feature sparked a lot of interest on the blog.

Oppositions are two things that are in direct opposition to each other. For example, you have the oppositions of hot and cold, light and dark, male and female.

  • The oppositions of hot and cold are the two most common oppositions.
  • The oppositions of light and dark are the two oppositions that you see the most in the world.