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The Perils of Indifference

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accomplice
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And our only miserable consolation was that we believed that Auschwitz and Treblinka were closely guarded secrets; that the leaders of the free world did not know what was going on behind those black gates and barbed wire; that they had no knowledge of the war against the Jews that Hitler's armies and their accomplices waged as part of the war against the Allies.†
accomplices = people who assisted each other in a task
DefinitionGenerally accomplice means:
a person who joins with another in carrying out a plan — especially an unethical or illegal plan
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agony
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Do we feel their pain, their agony?†
agony = intense suffering
DefinitionGenerally agony means:
intense feelings of suffering — can be from mental or physical pain
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anguish
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Their hidden or even visible anguish is of no interest.†
anguish = extreme pain, suffering, or distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
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commemorate
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During the darkest of times, inside the ghettoes and death camps — and I'm glad that Mrs. Clinton mentioned that we are now commemorating that event, that period, that we are now in the Days of Remembrance — but then, we felt abandoned, forgotten.†
commemorating = marking by some ceremony or observation
DefinitionGenerally commemorate means:
mark by some ceremony or observation — especially the memory of something
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communism
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And yet, my friends, good things have also happened in this traumatic century: the defeat of Nazism, the collapse of communism, the rebirth of Israel on its ancestral soil, the demise of apartheid, Israel's peace treaty with Egypt, the peace accord in Ireland.†
communism = an economic system that abolishes private ownership of property with the goal of a classless society
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compassion
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And even if he lives to be a very old man, he will always be grateful to them for that rage, and also for their compassion.†
compassion = sympathy for another's suffering and wanting to help
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convention
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1  —1 use as in:
to convene
And let us remember the meeting, filled with drama and emotion, between Rabin and Arafat that you, Mr. President, convened in this very place.†
convened = met or gathered
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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democracy
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A thousand people — in America, a great country, the greatest democracy, the most generous of all new nations in modern history.†
democracy = a system of government in which citizens have power with equal votes
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Hiroshima
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These failures have cast a dark shadow over humanity: two World Wars, countless civil wars, the senseless chain of assassinations — Gandhi, the Kennedys, Martin Luther King, Sadat, Rabin — bloodbaths in Cambodia and Nigeria, India and Pakistan, Ireland and Rwanda, Eritrea and Ethiopia, Sarajevo and Kosovo; the inhumanity in the gulag and the tragedy of Hiroshima.†
Hiroshima = port city in Japan that was almost completely destroyed by the first atomic bomb dropped on a populated area
DefinitionGenerally Hiroshima means:
port city in Japan; on August 6, 1945 it was almost completely destroyed by the first atomic bomb dropped on a populated area
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Hitler
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He mobilized the American people and the world, going into battle, bringing hundreds and thousands of valiant and brave soldiers in America to fight fascism, to fight dictatorship, to fight Hitler.
Hitler = German Nazi dictator who murdered millions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Hitler means:
German Nazi dictator during World War II; murdered millions of Jews and others who were not of the Aryan race (1889-1945)
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indifferent
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So much violence, so much indifference.†
indifference = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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inevitable
1 use
Their fate is always the most tragic, inevitably.†
inevitably = with certainty that it will happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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infamy
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Mr. President, Mrs. Clinton, members of Congress, Ambassador Holbrooke, Excellencies, friends: Fifty-four years ago to the day, a young Jewish boy from a small town in the Carpathian Mountains woke up, not far from Goethe's beloved Weimar, in a place of eternal infamy called Buchenwald.†
infamy = famous for something that is bad; or an extremely bad event
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Martin Luther King Jr.
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These failures have cast a dark shadow over humanity: two World Wars, countless civil wars, the senseless chain of assassinations — Gandhi, the Kennedys, Martin Luther King, Sadat, Rabin — bloodbaths in Cambodia and Nigeria, India and Pakistan, Ireland and Rwanda, Eritrea and Ethiopia, Sarajevo and Kosovo; the inhumanity in the gulag and the tragedy of Hiroshima.†
Martin Luther King = inspiring U.S. civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of blacks; assassinated (1929-1968)
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nevertheless
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And, nevertheless, his image in Jewish history — I must say it — his image in Jewish history is flawed.†
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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Pakistan
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These failures have cast a dark shadow over humanity: two World Wars, countless civil wars, the senseless chain of assassinations — Gandhi, the Kennedys, Martin Luther King, Sadat, Rabin — bloodbaths in Cambodia and Nigeria, India and Pakistan, Ireland and Rwanda, Eritrea and Ethiopia, Sarajevo and Kosovo; the inhumanity in the gulag and the tragedy of Hiroshima.†
Pakistan = a Muslim republic that is the sixth most populous country and has nuclear weapons
DefinitionGenerally Pakistan means:
a Muslim republic bordering India, Afghanistan, Iran, & China — best known as the sixth most populous country and as unstable politically relative to other nuclear states
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perish
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When adults wage war, children perish.†
perish = die, be destroyed, or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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refugee
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The political prisoner in his cell, the hungry children, the homeless refugees — not to respond to their plight, not to relieve their solitude by offering them a spark of hope is to exile them from human memory.†
refugees = people who fled their homeland
DefinitionGenerally refugee means:
someone who has fled their homeland to getaway from a dangerous or difficult situation; or related to such people
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therefore
2 uses
And, therefore, their lives are meaningless.†
therefore = for that reason
DefinitionGenerally therefore means:
for that reason (what follows is so because of what was just said)
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ultimate
1 use
Rooted in our tradition, some of us felt that to be abandoned by humanity then was not the ultimate.†
ultimate = most extreme as in final, best, worst, most important, or most fundamental
DefinitionGenerally ultimate means:
most extreme as in final, best, worst, most important, or most fundamental
The exact meaning of ultimate depends upon its context. For example:
  • "the ultimate decision-maker" — the final
  • "the ultimate car" — the best
  • "the ultimate insult" — the worst
  • "the ultimate source" — original or most fundamental
  • "the ultimate sacrifice" — most extreme
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