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Brilliant Vocabulary Word of the Day. Panacea (n): a remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all. Debate Topic 1 Give at least one pro and one con. As human beings, we have an obligation to help others in need, no matter where they live. Brilliant Vocabulary

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Panacea n a remedy for all diseases evils or difficulties a cure all

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Panacea (n): a remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all


As human beings we have an obligation to help others in need no matter where they live

Debate Topic 1

Give at least one pro and one con

As human beings, we have an obligation to help others in need, no matter where they live.


Paradox n a statement that seems to contradict itself but that nonetheless may be true

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Paradox (n): a statement that seems to contradict itself but that nonetheless may be true


Cell phones should be allowed in schools at any time during the day

Debate Topic 1

Give at least one pro and one con

Cell phones should be allowed in schools at any time during the day.


Peevish adj discontented or irritable

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Peevish (adj): discontented or irritable


Debate Topic 2

Give one Pro and one Con

Parents should read their teen’s text messages and social networking posts to keep them safe and be informed.


Online education is as effective as traditional in class schooling

Debate Topic 3

Give one Pro and one Con

Online education is as effective as traditional in-class schooling.


Perfunctory adj done routinely and with little interest or care

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Perfunctory (adj): done routinely and with little interest or care


Schools should use metal detectors to keep students safe

Debate Topic 4

Give one Pro and one Con

Schools should use metal detectors to keep students safe.


Philistine n a person who is smugly indifferent or antagonistic to art and culture

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Philistine (n): a person who is smugly indifferent or antagonistic to art and culture


Higher education beyond high school should be offered to all americans for free

Debate Topic 5

Give one Pro and one Con

Higher education (beyond high school) should be offered to all Americans for free.


Precocious adj displaying unusual early development or maturity especially in intelligence

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Precocious (adj): displaying unusual early development or maturity; especially in intelligence


School media centers should be allowed to have banned books on the shelf

Debate Topic 6

Give one Pro and one Con

School media centers should be allowed to have banned books on the shelf.


Propriety n conformity to customs of the time

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Propriety (n): conformity to customs of the time


Posting students grades publicly in school would better motivate them

Debate Topic 9

Give one Pro and one Con

Posting students’ grades publicly in school would better motivate them.


Quid pro quo n something given in return for something else or part of an exchange

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Quid Pro Quo (n): something given in return for something else or part of an exchange


Students should be given sex education in school

Debate Topic 10

Give one Pro and one Con

Students should be given sex education in school.


Quintesential adj being the best or most typical example of its kind

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Quintesential (adj): being the best or most typical example of its kind


Most professional athletes are overpaid

Debate Topic 12

Give one Pro and one Con

Most professional athletes are overpaid.


Red herring n something that draws attention away from the matter at hand

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Red Herring (n): something that draws attention away from the matter at hand


Vocabulary Enrichment

A hunting guide published in the 1600s recommends dragging a red herring (fish) along the ground to create a scent trail so that hounds and horses can get exercise on days when a real quarry cannot be scared up. The modern meaning of the word developed from the notion of deliberately laying an artificial trail to be tracked by hounds. Red Herring is used metaphorically to describe intriguing but irrelevant trains of thought.


The wealthy in society should have to pay more taxes than the middle and lower classes

Debate Topic 11

Give one Pro and one Con

The wealthy in society should have to pay more taxes than the middle and lower classes.


Revel v to take great pleasure or delight in something

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Revel (v): to take great pleasure or delight in something


Bullfighting is an acceptable sport in modern times

Debate Topic 13

Give one Pro and one Con

Bullfighting is an acceptable sport in modern times.


Rhetoric n language intended to persuade

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Rhetoric (n): language intended to persuade


T he paraolympics and the special olympics should happen at the same time as the regular olympics

Debate Topic 14

Give one Pro and one Con

The Paraolympicsand the Special Olympics should happen at the same time as the regular Olympics.


Scintillating adj lively and exceptionally intelligent animated and brilliant

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Scintillating (adj): lively and exceptionally intelligent; animated and brilliant


Texting while driving should be illegal in all states

Debate Topic 16

Give one Pro and one Con

Texting while driving should be illegal in all states.


The use of performance enhancing drugs in sports should be legalized

Debate Topic 15

Give one Pro and one Con

The use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports should be legalized.


Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Spartan (adj): rigorously self-disciplined or self-restrained; having a simple or severe manner or appearance.


Vocabulary Enrichment

When an infant was born in an upper-class Spartan family, the community elders would examine it and if it had any defects, it would be thrown over a cliff.

At seven, boys left their family to join the military. They slept on reed they plucked with their bare hands, had one piece of clothing, and were deliberately underfed and encouraged to steal food in order to learn the skill of approaching the enemy in secret.


Vocabulary Enrichment

At 20, young men were admitted into dining halls where they ate simple foods (barley, cheese, figs, watered wine, and pork seasoned with just salt and vinegar) that kept them ready for battle.

Women as well as men were given a good education so that they could serve the city by raising children who would be devoted to Spartan goals.


Debate Topic 17

Give one Pro and one Con

The government should be able to control how much air conditioning or heat you use in order to save energy.


Texting while driving should be illegal in all states1

Debate Topic 16

Give one Pro and one Con

Texting while driving should be illegal in all states.


Philistine n a person who is smugly indifferent or antagonistic to art and culture1

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Philistine (n): a person who is smugly indifferent or antagonistic to art and culture


Debate Topic 17

Give one Pro and one Con

The government should be able to control how much air conditioning or heat you use in order to save energy.


Stigma n disgrace or public disapproval with a characteristic condition or behavior

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Stigma (n): disgrace or public disapproval with a characteristic, condition, or behavior


Nazi war criminals should still be hunted down and prosecuted

Debate Topic 18

Give one Pro and one Con

Nazi war criminals should still be hunted down and prosecuted.


Stoic adj seemingly indifferent to pleasure and pain showing little or no emotion

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Stoic (adj): seemingly indifferent to pleasure and pain; showing little or no emotion.


Life exists outside of earth

Debate Topic 18

Give one Pro and one Con

Life exists outside of Earth.


Social networking sites should do more to prevent cyber bullying

Debate Topic 19

Give one Pro and one Con

Social networking sites should do more to prevent cyber-bullying.


Suave adj gracious and sophisticated

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Suave (adj): gracious and sophisticated


It should be legal to clone human beings

Debate Topic 20

Give one Pro and one Con

It should be legal to clone human beings.


Svengali n a person who manipulates or controls another for malicious purposes

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Svengali (n): a person who manipulates or controls another for malicious purposes


Prisoners have too many comforts cable tv internet etc in prison

Debate Topic 24

Give one Pro and one Con

Prisoners have too many comforts (Cable TV, Internet, etc.) in prison.


Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Sycophant (n): a person who attempts to gain advantage by flattering influential people or behaving in a submissive way


It should be legal to torture suspects for information

Debate Topic 22

Give one Pro and one Con

It should be legal to torture suspects for information.


Internet news is a better source than television news

Debate Topic 21

Give one Pro and one Con

Internet news is a better source than television news.


Teetotaler n one who abstains from alcoholic beverages

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Teetotaler (n): one who abstains from alcoholic beverages


It should be a crime to burn the american flag

Debate Topic 25

Give one Pro and one Con

It should be a crime to burn the American flag.


Tete a tete n a private conversation between two people

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Tete-a-tete (n): a private conversation between two people


Tirade n a long angry speech usually of a critical nature

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Tirade (n): a long, angry speech, usually of a critical nature


Debate Topic 26

Give one Pro and one Con

The state of NC should charge $10 for each student to go to school in order to preserve teacher jobs and provide more funding for schools.


Tryst n an agreement as between lovers to meet at a certain time and place

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Tryst (n): an agreement, as between lovers, to meet at a certain time and place


Debate Topic 26

Give one Pro and one Con

The state of NC should charge $10 for each student to go to school in order to preserve teacher jobs and provide more funding for schools.


Ubiquitous adj being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Ubiquitous (adj): being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time


Biological parenthood should always be taken into account in custody hearings

Debate Topic 26

Give one Pro and one Con

Biological parenthood should always be taken into account in custody hearings.


Unrequited adj not given rewarded or felt in return

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Unrequited (adj): not given, rewarded, or felt in return


Child soldiers should be prosecuted for crimes they commit during wartime

Debate Topic 26

Give one Pro and one Con

Child soldiers should be prosecuted for crimes they commit during wartime.


Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Untenable (adj): impossible to maintain or defend, as against criticism; impossible to tolerate or endure


Spanking is a justifiable method of punishment that parents should use with their children

Debate Topic 26

Give one Pro and one Con

Spanking is a justifiable method of punishment that parents should use with their children.


Vicarious adj empathy with or imaginary participation in the life of another person

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Vicarious (adj): empathy with or imaginary participation in the life of another person


Creationism should be taught alongside evolution in public schools

Debate Topic 26

Give one Pro and one Con

Creationism should be taught alongside evolution in public schools.


Vile adj loathsome disgusting morally depraved or wicked

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Vile (adj): loathsome, disgusting; morally depraved or wicked


Divorce should be easier to obtain than it currently is

Debate Topic 26

Give one Pro and one Con

Divorce should be easier to obtain than it currently is.


Waft v to move or cause to move gently and smoothly through the air

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Waft (v): to move or cause to move gently and smoothly through the air


The legal age for drinking alcohol in the united states should be lowered to 18

Debate Topic 26

Give one Pro and one Con

The legal age for drinking alcohol in the United States should be lowered to 18.


White elephant n a possession that is burdensome to or unwanted by the owner

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

White Elephant (n): a possession that is burdensome to or unwanted by the owner


Vocabulary Enrichment

In Siam (now Thailand), the king would honor a member of his court by presenting him with a rare white elephant, along with the land and means to feed him. It was strictly forbidden to make a white elephant work. However, if the king wanted to get rid of a member of his court who had displeased him, he would present him with a white elephant that the courtier had to maintain at his own expense.


Holocaust denial should be a crime

Debate Topic 26

Give one Pro and one Con

Holocaust denial should be a crime.


Zealous adj passionately devoted to a cause ideal or goal

Brilliant Vocabulary

Word of the Day

Zealous (adj): passionately devoted to a cause, ideal, or goal


All high school students should be required to take a public speaking class in order to graduate

Debate Topic 26

Give one Pro and one Con

All high school students should be required to take a public speaking class in order to graduate.


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