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Human Rights Word List


December 16, 2008 By Davis B. (Alphretta, GA)

This is a list of some important words from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, passed
by the United Nations after WWII with the support of Elenor Roosevelt. I use these words for
vocabulary and pronunciation study on my ESL site "English with a Purpose" on Wordpress.

access
the right to enter

arbitrary
based on or subject to individual discretion or preference

arrest
take into custody

assembly
a group of persons gathered together for a common purpose

asylum
a shelter from danger or hardship

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basis
the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun

charge
assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to

choose
pick out from a number of alternatives

committed
bound or obligated, as under a pledge to a cause or action

compel
force somebody to do something

conscience
motivation deriving from ethical or moral principles

consent
give an armative reply to; respond favorably to

constitute
form or compose

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contrary
exact opposition

correspondence
an attribute of a shape or relation

cruel
able or disposed to inict pain or suering

cultural
relating to the shared knowledge and values of a society

degrading
characterized by dishonor

deny
declare untrue; contradict

deprived
marked by a state of extreme poverty

destruction
an event that completely ruins something

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dignity
the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect

discrimination
unfair treatment of a person or group based on prejudice

duty
the social force that obliges you to behave in a certain way

employment
the state of having a job

endowed
provided or supplied or equipped with

entitled
qualied for by right according to law

equal
having the same quantity, value, or measure as another

form
a perceptual structure

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frontier
a wilderness at the edge of a settled area of a country

fundamental
serving as an essential component

furthermore
in addition

genuinely
in accordance with truth or fact or reality

guilty
responsible for or chargeable with a reprehensible act

hearing
the ability to hear; the auditory faculty

impart
bestow a quality on

impartial
free from undue bias or preconceived opinions

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impose
charge and collect payment

incitement
an act of urging on or spurring on or rousing to action or instigating

independent
free from external control and constraint

innocent
free from sin

interference
the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding

jurisdictional
restricted to the geographic area under a particular jurisdiction

law
the collection of rules imposed by authority

leave
go away from a place

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liberty
freedom of choice

life
the organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms

limitation
an act of restricting (as by regulation)

manifest
clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

merit
the quality of being deserving

moral
concerned with principles of right and wrong

movement
change of position that does not entail a change of location

nationality
the status of belonging to a particular country

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omission
leaving out or passing over something

peaceful
not disturbed by strife or turmoil or war

periodic
happening or recurring at regular intervals

persecution
causing someone to suer

personality
the complex of attributes that characterize an individual

presumed

procedure
a particular course of action intended to achieve a result

prohibited
forbidden by law

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protection
the activity of shielding someone or something

proved
established beyond doubt

punishment
the act of imposing a penalty

reasonable
showing sound judgment

recognition
identifying something or someone by remembering

remuneration
paying for goods or services or to recompense for losses

reputation
the general estimation that the public has for a person

return
go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before

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security
the state of being free from danger or injury

servitude
state of subjection to an owner or master

sex
one of two categories into which most organisms are divided

slavery
the state of being under the control of another person

spouse
a person's partner in marriage

subject
some situation or event that is thought about

surage
a legal right to vote

supplement
an additional component that improves capability

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tolerance
willingness to respect the beliefs or practices of others

torture
iniction of suering to punish or obtain information

trade union
an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer

wedlock
the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined

widowhood
the state of being a widow who has not remarried

will
the capability of conscious choice and decision

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