The Atlantic Charter - Churchill/Roosevelt (1941)

The alliance between the U.S. and the U.K. in World War II was forged by this document. Understand the words that went into it.
definitions & notes only words
  1. prime
    first in rank or degree
    The President of the United States of America and the Prime Minister, Mr. Churchill, representing His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, being met together, deem it right to make known certain common principles in the national policies of their respective countries on which they base their hopes for a better future for the world.
    The Prime Minister is the head of the Britain's parliamentary form of government.
  2. minister
    the job of a head of a government department
    The President of the United States of America and the Prime Minister, Mr. Churchill, representing His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, being met together, deem it right to make known certain common principles in the national policies of their respective countries on which they base their hopes for a better future for the world.
  3. deem
    keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
    The President of the United States of America and the Prime Minister, Mr. Churchill, representing His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, being met together, deem it right to make known certain common principles in the national policies of their respective countries on which they base their hopes for a better future for the world.
  4. principle
    a basic truth or law or assumption
    The President of the United States of America and the Prime Minister, Mr. Churchill, representing His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, being met together, deem it right to make known certain common principles in the national policies of their respective countries on which they base their hopes for a better future for the world.
  5. policy
    argument rationalizing the course of action of a government
    The President of the United States of America and the Prime Minister, Mr. Churchill, representing His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, being met together, deem it right to make known certain common principles in the national policies of their respective countries on which they base their hopes for a better future for the world.
  6. aggrandizement
    the act of increasing the prestige or power of something
    First, their countries seek no aggrandizement, territorial or other;
  7. accord
    be harmonious or consistent with
    Second, they desire to see no territorial changes that do not accord with the freely expressed wishes of the peoples concerned;
  8. sovereign
    not controlled by outside forces
    Third, they respect the right of all peoples to choose the form of government under which they will live; and they wish to see sovereign rights and self government restored to those who have been forcibly deprived of them;
  9. deprive
    take away
    Third, they respect the right of all peoples to choose the form of government under which they will live; and they wish to see sovereign rights and self government restored to those who have been forcibly deprived of them;
  10. endeavor
    attempt by employing effort
    Fourth, they will endeavor, with due respect for their existing obligations, to further the enjoyment by all States, great or small, victor or vanquished, of access, on equal terms, to the trade and to the raw materials of the world which are needed for their economic prosperity;
  11. obligation
    the social force that binds you to a course of action
    Fourth, they will endeavor, with due respect for their existing obligations, to further the enjoyment by all States, great or small, victor or vanquished, of access, on equal terms, to the trade and to the raw materials of the world which are needed for their economic prosperity;
  12. victor
    a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
    Fourth, they will endeavor, with due respect for their existing obligations, to further the enjoyment by all States, great or small, victor or vanquished, of access, on equal terms, to the trade and to the raw materials of the world which are needed for their economic prosperity;
  13. vanquish
    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
    Fourth, they will endeavor, with due respect for their existing obligations, to further the enjoyment by all States, great or small, victor or vanquished, of access, on equal terms, to the trade and to the raw materials of the world which are needed for their economic prosperity;
    Someone who has been beaten has been vanquished.
  14. access
    the right to make use of or take advantage of something
    Fourth, they will endeavor, with due respect for their existing obligations, to further the enjoyment by all States, great or small, victor or vanquished, of access, on equal terms, to the trade and to the raw materials of the world which are needed for their economic prosperity;
  15. prosperity
    a state of growth with rising profits and full employment
    Fourth, they will endeavor, with due respect for their existing obligations, to further the enjoyment by all States, great or small, victor or vanquished, of access, on equal terms, to the trade and to the raw materials of the world which are needed for their economic prosperity;
  16. collaboration
    act of working jointly
    Fifth, they desire to bring about the fullest collaboration between all nations in the economic field with the object of securing, for all, improved labor standards, economic advancement and social security;
  17. secure
    get by special effort
    Fifth, they desire to bring about the fullest collaboration between all nations in the economic field with the object of securing, for all, improved labor standards, economic advancement and social security;
  18. labor
    productive work, especially physical work done for wages
    Fifth, they desire to bring about the fullest collaboration between all nations in the economic field with the object of securing, for all, improved labor standards, economic advancement and social security;
  19. tyranny
    government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator
    Sixth, after the final destruction of the Nazi tyranny, they hope to see established a peace which will afford to all nations the means of dwelling in safety within their own boundaries, and which will afford assurance that all the men in all lands may live out their lives in freedom from fear and want;
  20. dwell
    inhabit or live in
    Sixth, after the final destruction of the Nazi tyranny, they hope to see established a peace which will afford to all nations the means of dwelling in safety within their own boundaries, and which will afford assurance that all the men in all lands may live out their lives in freedom from fear and want;
  21. assurance
    a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something
    Sixth, after the final destruction of the Nazi tyranny, they hope to see established a peace which will afford to all nations the means of dwelling in safety within their own boundaries, and which will afford assurance that all the men in all lands may live out their lives in freedom from fear and want;
  22. hindrance
    the act of obstructing or impeding
    Seventh, such a peace should enable all men to traverse the high seas and oceans without hindrance;
  23. aggression
    violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked
    Since no future peace can be maintained if land, sea or air armaments continue to be employed by nations which threaten, or may threaten, aggression outside of their frontiers, they believe, pending the establishment of a wider and permanent system of general security, that the disarmament of such nations is essential.
  24. frontier
    an international boundary or the area immediately inside it
    Since no future peace can be maintained if land, sea or air armaments continue to be employed by nations which threaten, or may threaten, aggression outside of their frontiers, they believe, pending the establishment of a wider and permanent system of general security, that the disarmament of such nations is essential.
  25. pending
    awaiting conclusion or confirmation
    Since no future peace can be maintained if land, sea or air armaments continue to be employed by nations which threaten, or may threaten, aggression outside of their frontiers, they believe, pending the establishment of a wider and permanent system of general security, that the disarmament of such nations is essential.
  26. burden
    weight to be borne or conveyed
    They will likewise aid and encourage all other practicable measure which will lighten for peace-loving peoples the crushing burden of armaments.