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President Biden's Inaugural Speech (January 2021)

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, Joseph R. Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Learn these words from his inaugural speech.
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  1. anthem
    a song of devotion or loyalty
    A story that might sound like a song that means a lot to me, it's called American Anthem.
  2. beacon
    a fire that can be seen from a distance
    That America secured liberty at home and stood once again as a beacon to the world.
  3. capitol
    a building occupied by a state legislature
    So now on this hallowed ground where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the Capitol's very foundations, we come together as one nation under God - indivisible - to carry out the peaceful transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries.
  4. cascade
    a small waterfall or series of small waterfalls
    We will be judged, you and I, by how we resolve these cascading crises of our era.
  5. constitution
    the act of forming or establishing something
    And I know the resilience of our Constitution and the strength, the strength of our nation, as does President Carter, who I spoke with last night who cannot be with us today, but who we salute for his lifetime of service.
  6. crucible
    a vessel used for high temperature chemical reactions
    Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested anew and America has risen to the challenge.
  7. defer
    yield to another's wish or opinion
    The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.
  8. democracy
    the orientation of those who favor government by the people
    This is democracy's day.
  9. disagreement
    a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters
    Every disagreement doesn't have to be a cause for total war and we must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured.
  10. dissent
    a difference of opinion
    The right to dissent peacefully.
  11. elusive
    skillful at evading capture
    It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy - unity.
  12. emancipation
    freeing someone from the control of another
    In another January on New Year's Day in 1863 Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
  13. extremism
    any ideology favoring immoderate, uncompromising policies
    The rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism, that we must confront and we will defeat.
  14. faction
    a dissenting clique
    To retreat into competing factions.
  15. hallowed
    worthy of religious veneration
    So now on this hallowed ground where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the Capitol's very foundations, we come together as one nation under God - indivisible - to carry out the peaceful transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries.
  16. humility
    a lack of arrogance or false pride
    We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts, if we show a little tolerance and humility, and if we're willing to stand in the other person's shoes, as my mom would say.
  17. indivisible
    impossible to split into parts
    So now on this hallowed ground where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the Capitol's very foundations, we come together as one nation under God - indivisible - to carry out the peaceful transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries.
  18. inequity
    injustice by virtue of not conforming with standards
    We face an attack on our democracy, and on truth, a raging virus, a stinging inequity, systemic racism, a climate in crisis, America's role in the world.
  19. manipulate
    influence or control shrewdly or deviously
    Every disagreement doesn't have to be a cause for total war and we must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured.
  20. optimistic
    hopeful that the best will happen in the future
    As we look ahead in our uniquely American way, restless, bold, optimistic, and set our sights on a nation we know we can be and must be, I thank my predecessors of both parties.
  21. pandemic
    existing everywhere
    We must set aside politics and finally face this pandemic as one nation, one nation.
  22. perennial
    lasting an indefinitely long time
    The battle is perennial and victory is never secure.
  23. persevere
    be persistent, refuse to stop
    We need all our strength to persevere through this dark winter.
  24. pledge
    a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something
    And I pledge this to you.
  25. predecessor
    one who goes before you in time
    As we look ahead in our uniquely American way, restless, bold, optimistic, and set our sights on a nation we know we can be and must be, I thank my predecessors of both parties.
  26. prevail
    be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
    We've learned again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and, at this hour my friends, democracy has prevailed.
  27. proclamation
    a formal public statement
    In another January on New Year's Day in 1863 Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
  28. racism
    the prejudice that one people are superior to another
    Our history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal, that we are all created equal, and the harsh ugly reality that racism, nativism and fear have torn us apart.
  29. resilience
    ability of a material to return to its original shape
    And I know the resilience of our Constitution and the strength, the strength of our nation, as does President Carter, who I spoke with last night who cannot be with us today, but who we salute for his lifetime of service.
  30. riotous
    characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination
    And here we stand just days after a riotous mob thought they could use violence to silence the will of the people, to stop the work of our democracy, to drive us from this sacred ground.
  31. rural
    living in or characteristic of farming or country life
    We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal.
  32. supremacy
    power to dominate or defeat
    The rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism, that we must confront and we will defeat.
  33. sustained
    continued at length without interruption or weakening
    Sustained by faith, driven by conviction and devoted to one another and the country we love with all our hearts.
  34. systemic
    affecting an entire structure, network, or complex of parts
    We face an attack on our democracy, and on truth, a raging virus, a stinging inequity, systemic racism, a climate in crisis, America's role in the world.
  35. terrorism
    the use of violence against civilians for ideological goals
    The rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism, that we must confront and we will defeat.
  36. tolerance
    willingness to respect the beliefs or practices of others
    We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts, if we show a little tolerance and humility, and if we're willing to stand in the other person's shoes, as my mom would say.
  37. trepidation
    a feeling of alarm or dread
    Look, I understand that many of my fellow Americans view the future with fear and trepidation.
  38. unity
    an undivided or unbroken completeness with nothing wanting
    It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy - unity.
  39. urgency
    an earnest and insistent necessity
    We'll press forward with speed and urgency for we have much to do in this winter of peril and significant possibility.
  40. virus
    infectious agent that replicates itself within living hosts
    A once in a century virus that silently stalks the country has taken as many lives in one year as in all of World War Two.
Created on January 21, 2021 (updated January 21, 2021)

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