Some Presidential Words

These 30 words were plucked from three presidential speeches: George Washington’s 1796 farewell address; Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address (1865); and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union Address.

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  1. insurgent
    in opposition to a civil authority or government
  2. malice
    feeling a need to see others suffer
  3. deprecate
    express strong disapproval of; deplore
  4. invoke
    request earnestly; ask for aid or protection
  5. reduction
    the act of decreasing something
  6. civil
    of or occurring between or among citizens of the state
  7. liberty
    freedom of choice
  8. turmoil
    a violent disturbance
  9. insidious
    working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
  10. armament
    weaponry used by military or naval force
  11. abiding
  12. remote
    located far away spatially
  13. aggression
    a disposition to behave forcefully and energetically
  14. scourge
    something causing misery or death
  15. patriot
    one who loves and defends his or her country
  16. pension
    regular payment to allow a person to subsist without working
  17. jealousy
    a feeling of envy, especially of a rival
  18. avert
    turn away or aside
  19. engagement
    a meeting arranged in advance
  20. alliance
    the state of being confederated
  21. economic
    of or relating to production and management of wealth
  22. impartial
    free from undue bias or preconceived opinions
  23. perpetuate
    cause to continue or prevail
  24. strive
    attempt by employing effort
  25. neutrality
    nonparticipation in a dispute or war
  26. inhabitant
    a person who lives in a particular place
  27. vicissitude
    a variation in circumstances or fortune
  28. peculiar
    beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
  29. charity
    an institution set up to provide help to the needy
  30. rend
    tear or be torn violently

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