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Declaration of Independence Vocabulary

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unalienable
not to be taken away
unsurpations
unlawful seizure of rights or privileges
peridy
faithlessness, treachery
redress
act of correcting an error or a fault or an evil
magnamity
having a lofty, generous, and courageous spirit
acquiesce
to agree or express agreement
consanguinity
kinship; relationship by birth
impious
lacking due respect or dutifulness
infidel
one who does not accept a particular faith; unbeliever
impel
urge or force (a person) to an action
endowed
given from birth
transient
one who stays for only a short time
relinquish
relinquish to the power of another
endeavored
tried, Attempted
harass
annoy continually or chronically, exhaust by attacking repeatedly
waging
v. to carry on (a battle, war, conflict, argument, etc.)
constrain
restrict, hold back
brethren
n. pl. Members of a brotherhood, gild, profession, association, or the like.
disavow
refuse to acknowledge
allegiance
the loyalty that citizens owe to their country (or subjects to their sovereign)
reliance
the state of relying on something, trust, confidence, dependence
condemnation
(criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed
impel
cause to move forward with force
alter
cause to change
prudence
knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
despotism
a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
contrains
forces
legislative
having to do with the law, makes laws
depriving
keeping someone from having something
abolish
cancel; put an end to
plundered
took goods by force; looted
tyranny
a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
insurrection
organized opposition to authority, rebellion
petitioned
to make a request in writing asking for a change
solemnly
in a serious manner
sufferable
bearable, tolerable
abuses
improper uses, misuses, bad treatment
dissolve
cause to fade away
assume
take to be the case or to be true
entitle
give the right to
decent
enough to meet a purpose
mankind
all of the inhabitants of the earth
declare
announce publicly or officially
evident
clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses
pursuing
seeking to reach/trying to achieve, chasing
accommodation
the act of providing something (lodging or seat or food) to meet a need
fatiguing
tiring
consent
permission to do something
candid
openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness
utterly
totally; absolutely; to an extreme degree
neglected
disregarded
formidable
causing fear
sole
being the only one of its kind; belonging to only on person
compliance
acting according to certain accepted standards, happy friendly agreement
annihilation
total destruction
inestimable
beyond calculation or measure
invasion
the act of invading
convulsion
a violent disturbance