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    Default Does "wrongful deeds" mean "making mistakes" here?

    And "be guilty of" means "be afraid of" here?


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    But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

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    I have a Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr.
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    Default Re: Does "wrongful deeds" mean "making mistakes" here?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
    If you are guilty of something, you have commited an illegal deed, or at least done something that you should not have done.

    'Wrongful deeds' are illegal or immoral acts.

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    Default Re: Does "wrongful deeds" mean "making mistakes" here?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    If you are guilty of something, you have commited an illegal deed, or at least done something that you should not have done.

    'Wrongful deeds' are illegal or immoral acts.

    So we must be guilty of wrongful deeds in making progress! That is why I don't understand that context.

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    Default Re: Does "wrongful deeds" mean "making mistakes" here?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    So we must be guilty of wrongful deeds in making progress! That is why I don't understand that context.
    "In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds."

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    Default Re: Does "wrongful deeds" mean "making mistakes" here?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    "In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds."
    If one doesn't feel ashamed for doing something wrong/illegal, how can he/she move ahead?


    I believe there is a grammatical rule here that I don't understand.

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    Default Re: Does "wrongful deeds" mean "making mistakes" here?

    Let it rise again.

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    Default Re: Does "wrongful deeds" mean "making mistakes" here?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    Let it rise again.
    Please be more patient. It is not fair on other people who have questions to bump your post after only four hours.

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