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Resistance to Civil Government
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allegiance
7 uses
I simply wish to refuse allegiance to the State, to withdraw and stand aloof from it effectually.
allegiance = loyalty
DefinitionGenerally allegiance means:
loyalty to a person, group, or cause
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bias
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But one cannot be too much on his guard in such a case, lest his actions be biased by obstinacy or an undue regard for the opinions of men.
biased = pushed in a particular direction
DefinitionGenerally bias means:
a personal preference — especially a prejudice that prevents objective consideration

or:

any tendency to move in a particular direction — such as a car that tends to want to swerve toward the right
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conformist
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A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight.
conforms = complies or fits in
DefinitionGenerally conformist means:
one who complies with established customs or doctrines
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convention
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to convene
I hear of a convention to be held at Baltimore, or elsewhere, for the selection of a candidate for the Presidency,
convention = large conference or meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
I have never countenanced an effort ... to disturb the arrangement as originally made, by which various States came into the Union.
countenanced = approved or shown favor for
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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dispose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the matter
he is unable to take a fact out of its merely political relations, and behold it as it lies absolutely to be disposed of by the intellect
disposed = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to settle something so it no longer requires attention
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2  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
I find myself disposed to ... discover a pretext for conformity.
disposed = inclined (having a tendency to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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eloquent
4 uses
We love eloquence for its own sake, and not for any truth which it may utter, or any heroism it may inspire.
eloquence = the powerful use of language
DefinitionGenerally eloquent means:
powerful use of language
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expedient
10 uses
Government is at best but an expedient;
expedient = a practical action that accepts negative tradeoffs from an ideal
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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gregarious
1 use
The American has dwindled into an Odd Fellow—one who may be known by the development of his organ of gregariousness, and a manifest lack of intellect and cheerful self-reliance;
gregariousness = inclination to seek and enjoy the company of others
DefinitionGenerally gregarious means:
inclined to seek and enjoy the company of others
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
they are all peaceably inclined.
inclined = disposed (having a tendency or attitude that favors something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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inherent
1 use
The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way.
inherent = existing as an inseparable characteristic
DefinitionGenerally inherent means:
existing as an inseparable part or characteristic
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legislature
4 uses
Must the citizen even for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator?
legislator = an elected government representative who (with fellow representatives) has the power to create laws
DefinitionGenerally legislature means:
a group made up of government representatives (usually elected) that has the power to create laws
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novel
1 use
The night in prison was novel and interesting enough.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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penitent
1 use
...as if the state were penitent to that degree ..., but not to that degree that it left off sinning for a moment.
penitent = feeling sorrow for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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philanthropy
1 use
He who gives himself entirely to his fellow men appears to them useless and selfish; but he who gives himself partially to them is pronounced a benefactor and philanthropist.
philanthropist = someone who helps others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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prevail
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reason will prevail
I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail.
prevail = win
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prevail means:
prove superior or win
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
When the subject has refused allegiance, and the officer has resigned from office, then the revolution is accomplished.
resigned = quit (from a job)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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resolve
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
As they could not reach me, they had resolved to punish my body;
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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revere
1 use
They who ... stand, and wisely stand, by the Bible and the Constitution, and drink at it there with reverence and humanity;
reverence = feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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