Vocabulary for journalists

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  • take possession of a mortgaged property when the mortgagor fails to keep up their mortgage payments.
    “the bank was threatening to foreclose on his mortgage”
  • rule out or prevent (a course of action).
    “the decision effectively foreclosed any possibility of his early rehabilitation”

One of your central arguments revolves around the proposition that the emergence of the anti-impunity movement has established individualized “victim” and “perpetrator” categories, furthering the judicialization and individualization of post-conflict transitions. In turn, these efforts foreclose the potential for deep and pervasive social repair.


  • digressing from subject to subject.
    “students often write dull, second-hand, discursive prose”
  • (of a style of speech or writing) fluent and expansive.
    Opposite: concise
    “the short story is concentrated, whereas the novel is discursive”
  • relating to discourse or modes of discourse.
    “the attempt to transform utterances from one discursive context to another”
  • from Latin discurs-, literally ‘gone hastily to and fro’

The power of law is often in its commanding of the fiction of order and objectivity. But as this work shows, law’s power is in its discursive and imaginary force.


  • secure or fasten from the underside, especially by a rope or chain passed underneath.
  • provide support or a firm basis for.
    “that’s a philosophy that needs to undergird retailers’ business plans this year”

Native genocide is a big issue that undergirds the foundations of life here in the Americas and one that has been long debated given the ongoing legacies of slavery that continue to entrench contemporary life.