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Liberia

Syllabification: Li·be·ri·a
Pronunciation: /ˌlīˈbirēə
 
/

Definition of Liberia in English:

A country on the Atlantic coast of West Africa; population 3,441,800 (est. 2009); capital, Monrovia; languages, English (official) and English-based pidgin.

Liberia was founded in 1822 as a settlement for freed slaves from the US and was proclaimed independent in 1847. Indigenous peoples form the majority of the population. In 1980, the predominant Liberian-American elite was overthrown in a coup, and a civil war began in 1990, ending with a ceasefire in 1996. A second civil war (1999–2003) resulted in a traditional government backed by the UN

Origin

from Latin liber 'free'.

Derivatives

Liberian

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adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • To add insult to injury, Alice now lives with her mother and siblings in a tiny corner of the country's largest football stadium, now home to over 50,000 displaced Liberians.
  • Liberian Independence Day is July 26, and most of these Liberians say they've lost family and fortune in Liberia's more than 14 years of conflict.
  • Voters enthusiastically supported their favorite candidates, and there was plenty to celebrate as Liberians went peacefully to the polls in October and November.

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