Word of the Day: Liberty

/ libərdē /, noun:

1. freedom from captivity, imprisonment, slavery, or despotic control

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963

2. the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views

The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.” Woodrow Wilson, 1856-1924

3. the right or power to do as one pleases

Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right to do what we ought.” Lord Acton, 1834 -1902