Bill Clinton's Second Inaugural Address

Bill Clinton delivered his second inaugural address on January 20, 1997. Here are ten vocabulary words from the speech. The entire speech can be read here.
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  1. partisanship
    an inclination to favor one group or view over alternatives
    Surely, they did not do this to advance the politics of petty bickering and extreme partisanship they plainly deplore.
  2. preeminent
    greatest in importance, degree, or significance
    The preeminent mission of our new government is to give all Americans an opportunity—not a guarantee, but a real opportunity—to build better lives.
  3. acrimony
    a rough and bitter manner
    He said: “It is wrong to waste the precious gift of time, on acrimony and division.”
  4. decency
    the quality of conforming to rules of propriety and morality
    We began the 20th century with a choice, to harness the Industrial Revolution to our values of free enterprise, conservation, and human decency.
  5. bicker
    argue over petty things
    Surely, they did not do this to advance the politics of petty bickering and extreme partisanship they plainly deplore.
  6. cold war
    a state of political hostility between countries
    America became the world’s mightiest industrial power; saved the world from tyranny in two world wars and a long cold war; and time and again, reached out across the globe to millions who, like us, longed for the blessings of liberty.
  7. dictatorship
    a form of government in which the ruler is unconstrained
    And for the very first time in all of history, more people on this planet live under democracy than dictatorship.
  8. fanaticism
    excessive intolerance of opposing views
    They fuel the fanaticism of terror.
  9. thriving
    very lively and profitable
    Once again, we are building stronger families, thriving communities, better educational opportunities, a cleaner environment.
  10. summit
    the top or extreme point of something
    From the height of this place and the summit of this century, let us go forth. May God strengthen our hands for the good work ahead—and always, always bless our America.

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