What adjective did FDR use repeatedly to describe those fighting the Axis powers in the "Four Freedoms Speech?" I cannot find a clear answer. Thanks for your time and consideration.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I believe that the answer you are looking for is the adjective “democratic.”  In this speech, President Roosevelt refers to democracies and democratic people a number of times.  He is trying to say WWII is really a war that the democracies are fighting in order to preserve democracy in the world.

If you follow the link below, you will find the full text of the “Four Freedoms Speech.”  If you use the search function in your browser, you will see that words that begin with “democr” appear 12 times in the speech.  For example, Roosevelt argues

that the democratic way of life is at this moment being directly assailed in every part of the world…

Shortly afterwards, he says that

Armed defense of democratic existence is now being gallantly waged in four continents.

From this, and from many other examples, we can see that Roosevelt is saying that the countries that are fighting the Nazis are democratic.  He emphasizes this because he wants to make the American people feel that the war is important to them.  He wants them to believe that the war is about democracy and that, therefore, they should support the anti-Nazi countries.

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