School of the Future
Politics and Government
Unit 1 – Did the Framers intend to create a revolutionary and democratic government?
The Declaration of Independence – level 2 vocabulary list
1. entitle: give (someone) a legal right or a just claim to receive or do something.
"employees are normally entitled to severance pay"
2. impel: drive, force, or urge (someone) to do something.
"financial difficulties impelled him to desperate measures"
3. self-evident: not needing to be demonstrated or explained; obvious.
4. endow: provide with a quality, ability, or asset.
"he was endowed with tremendous physical strength"
5. unalienable: unable to be taken away from or given away by the possessor.
"freedom of religion, the most inalienable of all human rights"
6. instituted: set in motion or establish (something, especially a program, system, or inquiry).
"the Illinois Department of Conservation instituted a hunt to remove deer"
7. derive: obtain something from (a specified source).
"they derived great comfort from this assurance"
8. alter: change or cause to change in character or composition, typically in a comparatively small but significant way.
9. prudence: acting with or showing care and thought for the future.
10. dictate: lay down authoritatively; prescribe.
"the tsar's attempts to dictate policy"
11. transient: lasting only for a short time; impermanent.
"a transient cold spell"
12. hath: archaic third person singular present of have.
13. accustomed: customary or usual.
"his accustomed route"
14. usurpations: taking someone's power or property by force. Locking the teacher outside of the classroom and taking charge of math class is a form of usurpation.
15. invariable: never changing.
"disillusion was the almost invariable result"
16. evince: reveal the presence of (a quality or feeling).
"his letters evince the excitement he felt at undertaking this journey"
be evidence of; indicate.
"man's inhumanity to man as evinced in the use of torture"
17. despotism: the exercise of absolute power, especially in a cruel and oppressive way.
"the King's arbitrary despotism"
18. constrain: severely restrict the scope, extent, or activity of.
"agricultural development is considerably constrained by climate"
compel or force (someone) toward a particular course of action.
"children are constrained to work in the way the book dictates"
cause to appear unnaturally forced, typically because of embarrassment.
19. candid: truthful and straightforward; frank.
"his responses were remarkably candid"
20. utterly: completely and without qualification; absolutely.
"he looked utterly ridiculous"
21. relinquish: voluntarily cease to keep or claim; give up.
22. inestimable: too great to calculate.
"a treasure of inestimable value"
23. formidable: inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable.
"a formidable opponent"
24. tyrant: a cruel and oppressive ruler.
"the tyrant was deposed by popular demonstrations"
25. depository: a place where things are stored.
26. fatiguing: cause (someone) to feel tired or exhausted.
"they were fatigued by their journey"
27. compliance: the action or fact of complying with a wish or command.
"they must secure each other's cooperation or compliance"
comply: act in accordance with a wish or command.
"we are unable to comply with your request"
28. dissolutions: the closing down or dismissal of an assembly, partnership, or official body.
"the dissolution of their marriage"
29. annihilation: completely destroying or defeating someone or something:
30. endeavor: try hard to do or achieve something.
"he is endeavoring to help the Third World"
31. hither: to or toward this place.
"I little knew then that such calamity would summon me hither!"
32. tenure: the holding of an office.
"his tenure of the premiership would be threatened"
give (someone) a permanent post, especially as a teacher or professor.
"I had recently been tenured and then promoted to full professor"
33. arbitrary: based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system.
"his mealtimes were entirely arbitrary"
34. abdicate: renounce one's throne; fail to fulfill or undertake (a responsibility or duty).
35. ravage: cause severe and extensive damage to.
"fears that a war could ravage their country"
36. mercenary: (of a person or their behavior) primarily concerned with making money at the expense of ethics.
a professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army.
37. desolation: a state of complete emptiness or destruction.
"the stony desolation of the desert"
38. barbarous: savagely cruel; exceedingly brutal.
"many early child-rearing practices were barbarous by modern standards"
39. brethren: archaic plural form of brother.
40. emigration: the act of leaving one's country or region with the intent to settle permanently in another.