Declaration of Independence

(1776)

Glossary

  • abdicated renounced or relinquished a throne, right, power, claim, responsibility, or the like
  • absolved freed from guilt or blame or their consequences
  • acquiesce to assent tacitly; to submit or comply silently or without protest
  • Appropriations authorizations by a lawmaking body for money to be paid from the treasury for a specific use
  • Arbitrary done by individual will or judgment rather than by law or statute
  • Brethren fellow members; brothers
  • Charters documents issued by a sovereign or state outlining the conditions under which a corporation, colony, city, or other body is organized and defining its rights and privileges
  • consanguinity the state of being related by blood or common ancestors or of being closely related or linked
  • convulsions violent acts of turmoil; agitations
  • divine Providence the foreseeing care and guidance of God or nature over the creatures of the earth
  • evinces shows clearly; makes evident or manifest
  • formidable of great strength; forbidding
  • kindred community
  • ...
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The Declaration of Independence (National Archives and Records Administration)

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