- acquiesce: to give in to someone or something
- allegiance: loyalty, faithfulness
- conjured: to bring something up or about as if by magic
- consanguinity: related by blood or common ancestry
- denounces: disapproves of, speaks out against
- disavow: refused to recognize, denied
- emigration: leaving one’s country to settle in another country.
- inevitably: happens without a doubt
- kindred: people who share the same ancestry, people who think the same way about something
- magnanimity: the act of being generous
- oppression: cruel exercises of power
- petitioned: to ask for
- rectitude: the quality of being correct
- redress: to make up for an injury
- unwarrantable: having no justification or reason
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38. Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.
39. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
40. Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren.
42. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here.
43. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence.
44. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.
46. We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.
47. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.