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  1. astride

    with one leg on each side
    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

    With conquering limbs
    astride from land to land;

    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

    Mother of Exiles.
  2. beacon

    a fire that can be seen from a distance
    From her
    beacon-hand

    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
  3. brazen

    unrestrained by convention or propriety
    Not like the
    brazen giant of Greek fame,

    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

    Mother of Exiles.
  4. exile

    the act of expelling a person from their native land
    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

    Mother of
    Exiles.
  5. huddle

    a disorganized and densely packed crowd
    “Give me your tired, your poor,

    Your
    huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
  6. imprison

    lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

    Is the
    imprisoned lightning, and her name

    Mother of Exiles.
  7. pomp

    cheap or pretentious or vain display
    “Keep, ancient lands, your storied
    pomp!” cries she

    With silent lips.
  8. refuse

    show unwillingness towards
    “Give me your tired, your poor,

    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

    The wretched
    refuse of your teeming shore.
  9. storied

    having an illustrious past
    “Keep, ancient lands, your
    storied pomp!” cries she

    With silent lips.
  10. teeming

    abundantly filled with especially living things
    “Give me your tired, your poor,

    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

    The wretched refuse of your
    teeming shore.
  11. tempest

    a violent commotion or disturbance
    Seen these, the homeless,
    tempest-tost to me,

    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
  12. wretched

    deserving or inciting pity
    “Give me your tired, your poor,

    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

    The
    wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
  13. yearn

    desire strongly or persistently
    “Give me your tired, your poor,

    Your huddled masses
    yearning to breathe free,

    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Created on September 30, 2012
(updated September 30, 2012)