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A War That is Finished

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alleviate
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If we really want a humane America that will, for instance, contribute to the alleviation of the world's hunger, we must realize that good intentions do not feed people.†
alleviation = something that lessens something that is bad; or an instance of lessening something that is bad

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally alleviate means:
to lessen something that is bad — especially to lessen pain
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alliance
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As we strive together to prefect a new agenda, I put high on the list of important points the maintenance of alliances and partnerships with other people and other nations.
alliances = associations formed to support common interests
DefinitionGenerally alliance means:
an association formed to support common interests
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armistice
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Yet, the victory at New Orleans actually took place two weeks after the signing of the armistice in Europe.†
armistice = agreement to temporarily stop fighting a war
DefinitionGenerally armistice means:
an agreement to temporarily stop fighting a war — typically to discuss terms of peace
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attain
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It is true that we have launched our Bicentennial celebration without having achieved human perfection, but we have attained a very remarkable self-governed society that possesses the flexibility and the dynamism to grow and undertake an entirely new agenda, an agenda for America's third century.†
attained = gained or reached something with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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deterrent
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Tonight, I would like to talk about another kind of strength, the true source of American power that transcends all of the deterrent powers for peace of our Armed Forces.†
deterrent = something that discourages something not wanted
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epic
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Yet, the epic struggle nevertheless restored America's pride.†
epic = an outstanding work of literature or film
DefinitionGenerally epic means:
something that is outstanding — especially a literary work that is long and heroic
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heritage
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Our defense is in the spirit which prized liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands everywhere.†
heritage = something handed down from the past
DefinitionGenerally heritage means:
something handed down from the past
in various senses, including:
  • traditions — as in "Americans inherit a heritage of freedom"
  • cultural practices — as in "Hospitality to strangers is part of Arabic cultural heritage."
  • physical items built and/or protected from long ago — as in "The cathedral is a World Heritage site," or "The national parks are part of our heritage as Americans."
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however
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1  —1 use as in:
However, complications may...
However, tonight, with your indulgence, let me share with you my own views.†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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indicate
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To indicate my interest in him, I asked, "Are you trying to figure out how to get your goal in life?"†
indicate = show
DefinitionGenerally indicate means:
to show (point out, demonstrate, express, or suggest)
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indulgent
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However, tonight, with your indulgence, let me share with you my own views.
indulgence = treatment with extra kindness or tolerance (in this case, asking that listen)
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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innovate
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Louisiana had been a State for less than three years, but outnumbered Americans innovated, outnumbered Americans used the tactics of the frontier to defeat a veteran British force trained in the strategy of the Napoleonic wars.†
innovated = bring something new to an environment
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motivate
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We must not only be motivated to build a better America, we must know how to do it.†
motivated = wanting to do something; or made someone want to do something
DefinitionGenerally motivate means:
to make someone want to do something
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motivation
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We must learn more about people, about the development of communities, architecture, engineering, education, motivation, productivity, public health and medicine, arts and sciences, political, legal, and social organization.†
motivation = the reason for doing something; or the level of desire to do something
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nevertheless
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Yet, the epic struggle nevertheless restored America's pride.†
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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optimistic
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As I see it, the time has come to look forward to an agenda for the future, to unify, to bind up the Nation's wounds, and to restore its health and its optimistic self-confidence.†
optimistic = expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
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technique
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I challenge the engineers in this audience to devise new techniques for developing cheap, clean, and plentiful energy, and as a byproduct, to control floods.†
techniques = ways of doing things
DefinitionGenerally technique means:
a way of doing something
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temperament
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But we are now learning that a strain of rice that grows in one place will not grow in another; that factories that produce at 100 percent in one nation produce less than half as much in a society where temperaments and work habits are somewhat different.
temperaments = usual moods and tendencies
DefinitionGenerally this sense of temperament means:
usual mood and tendencies
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testify
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[Laughter] But I think the fact that you have these three outstanding graduates testifies to the academic excellence and the inspiration of this historic university, rooted in the past with its eyes on the future.†
testifies = provides evidence of something — especially oral evidence in court
DefinitionGenerally testify means:
provide evidence of something — especially to say something under oath in a court of law
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transcend
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Tonight, I would like to talk about another kind of strength, the true source of American power that transcends all of the deterrent powers for peace of our Armed Forces.†
transcends = exceeds or surpasses
DefinitionGenerally transcend means:
exceed (go beyond); or surpass (to be more or better)
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unprecedented
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America's opportunities are unprecedented.†
unprecedented = not having happened before; or nothing similar having happened before
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