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  1. Gainsay(ing)
    • Sentence: "There can be no gainsaying the fact that racial injustice engulfs this community."
    • Definition: (verb) to deny or contradict a fact or statement, to speak against or oppose
  2. Nullification
    • Sentence: “Where were their voices when the lips of Governor Barnett dripped with words of interposition and nullification?” Definition:(noun)
    •  the states'-rights doctrine that a state can refuse to recognize or to
    • enforce a federal law passed by the United States Congress.
  3. Sublime(ly)
    • Sentence:
    • “Of course, there is nothing new about this kind of civil disobedience.
    • It was evidenced sublimely in the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach and
    • Abednego to obey the laws of Nebuchadnezzar, on the ground that a higher
    • moral law was at stake. “Definition: (Adj) Inspiring awe; impressive.
  4. Elegy
    • Sentence:
    • Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our
    • pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Definition: Noun, 1.A poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead. 2.A piece of music in a mournful style.
  5. Gadfly
    Definition: (noun) literal: a fly that bites livestock, esp. a horsefly, warble fly, or botfly;
  6. Scintillating
    • Sentence:
    • Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass
    • away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our
    • fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the
    • radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation
    • with all their scintillating beauty. Definition: (adj.) Animated; Vivacious; Effervescent
  7. Unfetter
    Definition: to free from restraint; liberate.
  8. Divest
    To deprive someone of power, rights or possessions.Sentence: “Slavery soon proved its ability to divest her of these heavenly qualities.”
  9. Pious
    having or showing a dutiful spirit of reverence for God or an earnest wish to fulfill religious obligationsSentence: "When I went there, she was pious, warm, and tender-hearted woman."
  10. Unabated
    • being at full strength or force
    • Sentence: “I read them over and over again with unabated interest.”
  11. Vindicated
    • justification;
    • a means of exoneration from an accusation; a fact, evidence,
    • circumstance, etc, that serves to vindicate a theory or claim
    • [vindicate: to clear, as from an accusation]
    • Sentence: "What I got from Sheridan was a bold denunciation of slavery, and a powerful vindication of human rights" (102).
  12. Privation
    • (n.) a state in which things essential for human well-being such as food and warmpth are scarce or lacking
    • Sentence: “With
    • every generation, fortunes increase on the one hand, and some new
    • privation is added to poverty on the other.  We are verging towards
    • those extremes of opulence and of penury, each of which unhumanizes the
    • human mind.”
  13. Succor
    • (n.) assistance and support in times of hardship and distressSentence: “Avarice,
    • on the other hand, sees, in all the victims of misery around it, not
    • objects for pity and succor, but only crude materials to be worked up
    • into more money.”
  14. Benevolence
    • (n.) desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness
    • Sentence: “I
    • suppose it to be the universal sentiment of all those who mingle any
    • ingredient of benevolence with their notions on political economy,

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