History is made in PA: Clinton's DNC Acceptance Speech

Hillary Clinton became the first woman to act as a major party's presidential nominee on July 28, 2016. Her speech was personal and political, both critical of her opponent and a case for why people should vote for her and not against someone else. Here are 50 words from Clinton's acceptance speech.
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  1. radicalize
    make more extreme in social or political outlook
    We will disrupt their efforts online to reach and radicalize young people in our country. It won't be easy or quick, but make no mistake – we will prevail.
  2. inhumane
    reflecting a lack of pity or compassion
    I believe that when we have millions of hardworking immigrants contributing to our economy, it would be self-defeating and inhumane to kick them out.
  3. disability
    when one cannot perform due to physical or mental unfitness
    I went to work for the Children's Defense Fund, going door-to-door in New Bedford, Massachusetts on behalf of children with disabilities who were denied the chance to go to school.
  4. affordable
    reasonably priced
    If you believe that every man, woman, and child in America has the right to affordable health care…join us. If you believe that we should say “no” to unfair trade deals... that we should stand up to China... that we should support our steelworkers and autoworkers and homegrown manufacturers…join us.
  5. trump
    get the better of
    A country where all our children can dream, and those dreams are within reach. Where families are strong… communities are safe…  And yes, love trumps hate.
  6. systemic
    affecting an entire structure, network, or complex of parts
    So let's put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who face the effects of systemic racism, and are made to feel like their lives are disposable.
  7. divisive
    causing or characterized by disagreement or disunity
    And we will stand up against mean and divisive rhetoric wherever it comes from.
  8. selfless
    showing concern for the welfare of others
    They were drawn together by love of country and the selfless passion to build something better for all who follow. That is the story of America.
  9. disposable
    an item that can be thrown away after it has been used
    So let's put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who face the effects of systemic racism, and are made to feel like their lives are disposable.
  10. bombast
    pompous or pretentious talk or writing
    So enough with the bigotry and bombast.
  11. turbulence
    instability in the atmosphere
    Anyone reading the news can see the threats and turbulence we face.
  12. contributing
    tending to bring about; being partly responsible for
    And we'll build a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy!
  13. infrastructure
    the basic features of a system or organization
    In my first 100 days, we will work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II.  Jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, technology and innovation, small business, and infrastructure.
  14. podium
    a platform raised above the surrounding level
    Now, sometimes the people at this podium are new to the national stage.
  15. entrepreneur
    someone who organizes a business venture
    The most innovative entrepreneurs.
  16. mobility
    the quality of moving freely
    There's too much inequality. Too little social mobility.
  17. closure
    termination of operations
    From communities ravaged by addiction to regions hollowed out by plant closures.
  18. addiction
    being dependent on something habit-forming
    From communities ravaged by addiction to regions hollowed out by plant closures.
  19. entertainer
    a person who tries to please or amuse
    You know, for the past year, many people made the mistake of laughing off Donald Trump's comments – excusing him as an entertainer just putting on a show.
  20. ravaged
    having been robbed and destroyed by force and violence
    From communities ravaged by addiction to regions hollowed out by plant closures.
  21. bigotry
    intolerance and prejudice
    So enough with the bigotry and bombast.
  22. innovative
    being like nothing done or experienced or created before
    The most innovative entrepreneurs.
  23. milestone
    stone post at side of a road to show distances
    Tonight, we've reached a milestone in our nation's march toward a more perfect union:  the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for President.
  24. unruly
    unable to be governed or controlled
    When representatives from 13 unruly colonies met just down the road from here, some wanted to stick with the King.
  25. enduring
    unceasing
    Our Founders embraced the enduring truth that we are stronger together.
  26. motto
    a favorite saying of a sect or political group
    Our country's motto is e pluribus unum: out of many, we are one.
  27. immigration
    movement of persons into a place
    Comprehensive immigration reform will grow our economy and keep families together - and it's the right thing to do.
  28. racism
    the prejudice that one people are superior to another
    So let's put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who face the effects of systemic racism, and are made to feel like their lives are disposable.
  29. commitment
    the act of binding yourself to a course of action
    We heard from our terrific vice president, the one-and-only Joe Biden, who spoke from his big heart about our party's commitment to working people.
  30. slogan
    a favorite saying of a sect or political group
    It's not just a slogan for our campaign.
  31. immigrant
    a person who comes to a country in order to settle there
    And we'll build a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy!
  32. thrive
    make steady progress
    I believe America thrives when the middle class thrives.
  33. empower
    give or delegate power or authority to
    So I want to tell you tonight how we will empower Americans to live better lives.
  34. paralysis
    loss of the ability to move a body part
    Too much paralysis in Washington.
  35. bully
    discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner
    When I tried to hide from a neighborhood bully, she literally blocked the door.
  36. inequality
    lack of balance or similarity in status
    There's too much inequality. Too little social mobility.
  37. provocation
    a means of arousing or stirring to action
    Donald Trump can't even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign.  He loses his cool at the slightest provocation.
  38. deserve
    be worthy
    When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit.  So let's keep going, until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves.
  39. economy
    the system of production and distribution and consumption
    Now we are clear-eyed about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have. We will not build a wall. Instead, we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good paying job can get one.
  40. campaign
    related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal
    And to those of you who joined our campaign this week.  And what a remarkable week it's been.
  41. mimic
    imitate, especially for satirical effect
    Or when he mocks and mimics a reporter with a disability.
  42. community
    a group of people living in a particular local area
    David Brown asked the community to support his force, maybe even join them.
  43. justice
    the quality of being just or fair
    You've put economic and social justice issues front and center, where they belong.
  44. agenda
    a list of matters to be taken up, as at a meeting
    A bold agenda to improve the lives of people across our country - to keep you safe, to get you good jobs, and to give your kids the opportunities they deserve.
  45. motivate
    give an incentive for action
    In this campaign, I've met so many people who motivate me to keep fighting for change.  And, with your help, I will carry all of your voices and stories with me to the White House.
  46. self-control
    the act of denying yourself
    She said that what worried President Kennedy during that very dangerous time was that a war might be started – not by big men with self-control and restraint, but by little men – the ones moved by fear and pride.
  47. citizenship
    membership in a state with rights and duties
    And we'll build a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy!
  48. frustrated
    disappointingly unsuccessful
    Some of you are frustrated – even furious.
  49. spouse
    a person's partner in marriage
    Let's put ourselves in the shoes of police officers, kissing their kids and spouses goodbye every day and heading off to do a dangerous and necessary job.
  50. dynamic
    characterized by action or forcefulness of personality
    But just look at the strengths we bring to meet these challenges. We have the most dynamic and diverse people in the world. We have the most tolerant and generous young people we've ever had.

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