President Trump's First Address to the United Nations General Assembly (2017)

President Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time on September 19, 2017. The speech touched on a range of topics including the state of the U.N. itself, the political situation in Venezuela, the Iran nuclear deal, and North Korea's ongoing nuclear efforts. Here's a list of vocabulary words drawn from the president's speech. The entire speech can be read here.
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  1. regime
    the governing authority of a political unit
    Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terror but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity.
  2. authoritarian
    characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule
    Authority and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems, and alliances, that prevented conflict and tilted the word toward freedom since World War II. International criminal networks traffic drugs, weapons, people, force dislocation and mass migration, threaten our borders and new forms of aggression exploit technology to menace our citizens.
  3. sovereignty
    the authority of a state to govern another state
    It was based on the vision that diverse nations could cooperate to protect their sovereignty, preserve their security, and promote their prosperity.
  4. implemented
    forced or compelled or put in force
    The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.
  5. dictatorship
    a form of government in which the ruler is unconstrained
    The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy.
  6. humanitarian
    marked by devotion to popular welfare
    We appreciate the efforts of the United Nations' agencies that are providing vital humanitarian assistance in areas liberated from ISIS, and we especially thank Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon for their role in hosting refugees from the Syrian conflict.
  7. depleted
    no longer sufficient
    It has turned a wealthy country, with a rich history and culture, into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos.
  8. egregious
    conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
    For example, it is a massive source of embarrassment to the United Nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the UN Human Rights Council.
  9. bureaucracy
    an organization obstructing action by unnecessary procedures
    Too often the focus of this organization has not been on results, but on bureaucracy and process.
  10. resilient
    recovering readily from adversity, depression, or the like
    The American people are strong and resilient, and they will emerge from these hardships more determined than ever before.
  11. disproportionate
    out of proper balance
    In the meantime, we believe that no nation should have to bear a disproportionate share of the burden, militarily or financially.
  12. imperil
    pose a threat to; present a danger to
    It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict.
  13. depraved
    deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper
    No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea.
  14. complacency
    the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
    We will slide down the path of complacency, numb to the challenges, threats, and even wars that we face, or do we have enough strength and pride to confront those dangers today so that our citizens can enjoy peace and prosperity tomorrow.
  15. auspices
    kindly endorsement and guidance
    Major portions of the world are in conflict, and some, in fact, are going to hell, but the powerful people in this room, under the guidance and auspices of the United Nations, can solve many of these vicious and complex problems.
  16. tenet
    a religious doctrine proclaimed as true without proof
    Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems.
  17. mammoth
    so exceedingly large or extensive as to suggest a giant
    For too long the American people were told that mammoth, multinational trade deals, unaccountable international tribunals, and powerful global bureaucracies were the best way to promote their success.
  18. sanction
    the act of punishing
    The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council.
  19. subvert
    destroy completely
    In some cases, states that seek to subvert this institution's noble end have hijacked the very systems that are supposed to advance them.
  20. reciprocal
    concerning each of two or more persons or things
    In America, we seek stronger ties of business and trade with all nations of goodwill, but this trade must be fair and it must be reciprocal.
  21. stark
    complete or extreme
    The Iranian regime's support for terror is in stark contrast to the recent commitments of many of its neighbors to fight terrorism and halt its finance, and in Saudi Arabia early last year, I was greatly honored to address the leaders of more than 50 Arab and Muslim nations.
  22. yearning
    prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
    This is the ancient wish of every people and the deepest yearning that lives inside every sacred soul.
  23. tribunal
    an assembly to conduct judicial business
    For too long the American people were told that mammoth, multinational trade deals, unaccountable international tribunals, and powerful global bureaucracies were the best way to promote their success.
  24. menace
    something that is a source of danger
    Authority and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems, and alliances, that prevented conflict and tilted the word toward freedom since World War II. International criminal networks traffic drugs, weapons, people, force dislocation and mass migration, threaten our borders and new forms of aggression exploit technology to menace our citizens.
  25. exploit
    use or manipulate to one's advantage
    Authority and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems, and alliances, that prevented conflict and tilted the word toward freedom since World War II. International criminal networks traffic drugs, weapons, people, force dislocation and mass migration, threaten our borders and new forms of aggression exploit technology to menace our citizens.

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