I Have A Dream, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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  1. promissory
    relating to a verbal commitment by one person to another
    When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.
  2. sweltering
    excessively hot and humid; marked by sweating and faintness
    This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
  3. nullification
    counteracting or overriding the effect or force of something
    I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.
  4. tranquility
    an untroubled state that is free from disturbances
    There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights.
  5. inextricably
    in a manner incapable of being disentangled or untied
    The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
  6. manacle
    shackle that can be locked around the wrist
    One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.
  7. invigorating
    imparting strength and vitality
    This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
  8. dramatize
    put into a form intended for performance
    So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition.
  9. wallow
    roll around
    Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.
  10. engulf
    flow over or cover completely
    The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
  11. tribulation
    an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event
    I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations.
  12. hallowed
    worthy of religious veneration
    We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now.
  13. hamlet
    a community of people smaller than a village
    When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
  14. appalling
    causing shock, dismay, or horror
    So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition.
  15. prodigious
    great in size, force, extent, or degree
    So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
  16. degenerate
    a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable
    We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.
  17. creed
    any system of principles or beliefs
    I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed...
  18. hew
    make or shape as with an axe
    With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.

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