The Gettysburg Address | Study Guide

Abraham Lincoln

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The Gettysburg Address | Glossary


conceived: (v) This term literally means to become pregnant or impregnate, but in this context, it combines the meaning of "concept" (thought) and to start or begin.

consecrate: (v) To consecrate is to bless or make holy.

dedicate: (v) This term can have two related but distinct meanings. One can dedicate an object to a specific purpose, meaning to keep it for that purpose and no other. One can also commit oneself to a purpose, applying will and focus. Lincoln uses both senses of the word in this speech.

detract: (v) This term means to take away from, insult, or reduce in status.

fitting: (adj) Something fitting is right, appropriate, or well-suited.

hallow: (v) To hallow is to bless or make holy.

proposition: (n) The proposition is the central point in a logical argument: the concept to be proven or tested.

resolve: (v) To resolve to do something is to find a solution to a problem, especially one that completely ends that problem.

score: (n) A score is 20 years.

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