Figurative Language in King's "I have a dream" speech 30 words

Learn the vocabulary King used to inspire a generation to break free from the "manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination."

On August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech. Speaking from the steps of the LIncoln Memorial in Washington D.C., King stood before an estimated quarter of a million people who had gathered to demonstrate for passage of the Civil Rights Act. This list focuses on King's use of figurative language.

Log in to practice this list

It's easy, it's free, and it only takes one click:

Select a list you want to practice, or create a new one.
We'll keep working with you on trouble words until you master them.
We track your progress as you practice the list.

MORE LISTS TO LEARN

SPEECHES

"The Perils of Indifference," Vocabulary from the speech

gratitude, indifference, compassion, virtue, harrowing, seductive, despair, consequence, anguish, abstraction, view list...
20 words

Obama, on the 50th anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday'

veteran, tactics, anticipation, verse, weary, destiny, symbolize, turbulent, anguish, yoke, view list...
68 words

Lincoln Inaugural Address (March 1861)

compliance, address, execution, administration, apprehension, accession, republican, institution, inclination, declaration, view list...
98 words

The State of the Union Address 2015

endure, bustle, reactive, faction, propel, partisan, resilience, predatory, forego, adversity, view list...
30 words
FEATURED LISTS

10 of the Bellas' favorite words, from "Pitch Perfect 2"

palette, imposition, persuasion, salvation, muse, view list...
10 words

John Nash (1928-2015) Tribute List

delusion, prodigy, rationality, delirium, revelation, view list...
10 words

10 Words that Inspired Taylor Swift

hindsight, kaleidoscope, proposition, grace, foyer, view list...
10 words

Vocabulary from David Letterman's Finest Hour

zealot, fervor, rally, courageous, obscene, view list...
10 words

"The Other Wes Moore," Vocabulary from the Introduction-Part I

inflection, phalanx, naive, presumptuous, chaotic, view list...
40 words
MORE FEATURED LISTS

10 of the Bellas' favorite words, from "Pitch Perfect 2"

palette, imposition, persuasion, salvation, muse, view list...
10 words

John Nash (1928-2015) Tribute List

delusion, prodigy, rationality, delirium, revelation, view list...
10 words

10 Words that Inspired Taylor Swift

hindsight, kaleidoscope, proposition, grace, foyer, view list...
10 words

Vocabulary from David Letterman's Finest Hour

zealot, fervor, rally, courageous, obscene, view list...
10 words

"The Other Wes Moore," Vocabulary from the Introduction-Part I

inflection, phalanx, naive, presumptuous, chaotic, view list...
40 words
TOP RATED LISTS

The Vocabulary.com Top 1000

consider, minute, accord, evident, practice, view list...
1,000 words

100 SAT Words Beginning with "A"

abase, aberration, abhor, abject, abrasive, view list...
100 words

GRE High Frequency Words

abate, chicanery, disseminate, gainsay, latent, view list...
334 words

100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know

abjure, abrogate, abstemious, acumen, antebellum, view list...
100 words

100 Words Every Middle Schooler Should Know

adversary, aplomb, apprehensive, aptitude, attentive, view list...
100 words