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bastion
something which maintains or defends especially a belief or a way of life that is disappearing or threatened>British public schools are regarded as one of the last ------s of upper-class privilege.
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growl
to make a low rough sound, usually in anger>The dog -----ed at her and snapped at her ankles.
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maverick
a person who thinks and acts in an independent way, often behaving differently from the expected or usual way>a political --------
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lethargic
lacking in energy; feeling unwilling and unable to do anything>I was feeling tired and -------.
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paraphernalia
all the objects needed for or connected with a particular activity>We sell pots, gloves, seeds and other gardening paraphernalia.
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mores
the traditional customs and ways of behaving that are typical of a particular (part of) society>the mores and culture of the Japanese
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timid
shy and nervous; lacking confidence; easily frightened>Lucy is a rather ----- child.
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understate
to state or describe something in a way that makes it seem less important, serious, bad, etc. than it really is>She believes the research --------s the amount of discrimination women suffer.
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protocol
a formal international agreement>The Geneva ------- of 1925 prohibits the use of poisonous gases in war.
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braid
a thin strip of cloth or twisted threads, which is fixed onto clothes, uniform or other items made of cloth, as decoration>The captain of the ship wore a peaked cap decorated with gold -----.
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acquiesce
to accept or agree to something, often unwillingly>Reluctantly, he -------ed to/in the plans.
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favoritism
unfair support shown to one person or group, especially by someone in authority>A parent must be careful not to show --------- towards any one of their children.
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wake
a gathering of the family and friends of a dead person in order to look at the dead body the night before it is buried, or a gathering held after a dead person has been buried, at which their family and friends drink and talk about the person's life
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draught
a current of unpleasantly cold air blowing through a room
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betoken
to be a sign of something
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aviary
a large cage or enclosure in which birds are kept as pets
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wag
a humorous person who likes to make jokes
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adapt
to become familiar with a new situation>It took me a while to ----- to the new job.
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bugaboo
An object of obsessive, usually exaggerated fear or anxiety; A recurring or persistent problem>the -------s that have plagued vision systems: high price and slow throughput
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foliage
the leaves of a plant or tree, or leaves on the stems or branches on which they are growing>The dense ------ overhead almost blocked out the sun.
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satellite
a natural object moving round a larger object in space>The moon is the -------- of the Earth.
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bungle
to do something wrong, in a careless or stupid way
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reinstate
to give someone back their previous job or position, or to cause something to exist again>A month after being unfairly dismissed, he was --------ed in his job.
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mnemonic
something such as a very short poem or a special word used to help a person remember something>The musical notes on the lines go EGBDF - use the ------- 'every good boy deserves fun'.
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conscript
to force someone by law to serve in one of the armed forces>He was --------ed into the army at the age of 18.
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contend
to compete in order to win something>He's -------ing against someone with twice his experience.
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functional
designed to be practical and useful rather than attractive>------- clothing/furniture
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punctilious
very careful to behave correctly or to give attention to details>He was always --------- in his manners.
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imbecile
a person who behaves in a stupid way
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rebuke
to speak angrily to someone because you disapprove of what they have said or done>I was -------ed by my manager for being late.
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facile
describes a remark or theory which is too simple and has not been thought about enough>We must avoid ------- recriminations about who was to blame.
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hardy
strong enough to bear extreme conditions or difficult situations>A few ------ souls continue to swim in the sea even in the middle of winter.
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penury
the state of being extremely poor
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venal
A venal activity is done in order to obtain money>a ----- regime. They are accused of being involved in ----- practices.
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flit
to fly or move quickly and lightly>In the fading light we saw bats ------ing around/about in the garden.>FIGURATIVE Sara finds it very difficult to settle - she's always -----ing from one thing to another (= changing her activities).
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magnate
a person who is very rich and successful in business or industry>a well-known shipping --------
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botch(UK bodge)
to spoil something by doing it badly>We ----- (up) our first attempt at wallpapering the bathroom.
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citadel
a strong castle in or near a city, where people can shelter from danger, especially during a war>The town has a 14th century ------- overlooking the river.
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libidinous
having or showing strong sexual desires
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mendicant
someone who lives by asking people they do not know for money, especially for religious reasons
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oaf
a stupid, rude or awkward person, especially a man>You clumsy ---! You've broken it!
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voyeur
a person who gets sexual pleasure from secretly watching other people in sexual situations, or (more generally) a person who watches other people's private lives>I felt like a ------ visiting the war zone and seeing badly injured people being dragged from their bomb-shattered homes.
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docile
quiet and easy to influence, persuade or control>The once ----- population has finally risen up against the ruthless regime.
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vitiate
to destroy or weaken something>He said that American military power should never again be ------ed by political concerns.
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narrative
a story or a description of a series of events>It's a ----- narrative of wartime adventure.
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derision
when someone or something is laughed at and considered ridiculous or of no value>They treated his suggestion with -------.
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cupidity
a great desire, especially for money or possessions
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savory
If you say that something is not ------, you mean that it is not pleasant or socially acceptable>That hotel doesn't have a very ------ reputation.
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rank
describes plants that grow too fast or too thickly, or an area covered by these>The abandoned garden was ---- with weeds.
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quisling
a person who helps the enemy army that has taken control of his or her country; a traitor
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tact
the ability to say or do the right thing without making anyone unhappy or angry>He's never had much ---- and people don't like his blunt manner.
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fallacy
an idea that a lot of people think is true but which is false>It is a common ------ that women are worse drivers than men.
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trim
to make something tidier or more level by cutting a small amount off it>to ---- the hedge
My hair needs ----ing.
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compartment
a separate part of a piece of furniture, equipment or container with a particular purpose>a fridge with a small freezer ----------
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squander
to spend or use money or supplies in a wasteful way, or to waste opportunities by not using them to your advantage>They'll quite happily -------- a whole year's savings on two weeks in the sun.
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colloquy
a formal conversation
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refurbish
to make a building look new and bright again>The developers ---------ed the house inside and out.
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desolate
extremely sad and feeling alone>She felt ------- when her closest friend moved away.
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fumble
to do something awkwardly, especially when using your hands>She -----ed around/about in her handbag, looking for her key.
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misapprehension
a failure to understand something, or an understanding or belief about something that is not correct>Most industrialists labour under a ----------- (= wrongly believe) that unrestrained economic growth can be achieved without damaging the environment.
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ameliorate
to make a bad or unpleasant situation better>Foreign aid is badly needed to -------- the effects of the drought.
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isthmus
a narrow piece of land with water on each side which joins two larger areas of land>the ------- of Panama
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skulduggery(skullduggery)
secret and dishonest behaviour
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celibate
not having sexual activity, especially because of making a religious promise to do this
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odium
extremely unpleasant; causing and deserving hate>an odious -----
an ------ little man
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deserts
get your just ------, to get what you deserve>I'd say he got his just ------ for not sticking around to help with the children.
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nugatory
worthless or of little value>a ------- amount
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render
to give something such as a service, a personal opinion or expression, or a performance of a song or poem, etc. to people>We see that freight railroads make good profits while ------ing excellent service.
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incursion
a sudden attack on or entry into a place, especially across a border>-------s into enemy territory
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terrestrial
relating to the planet Earth
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stigma
when people disapprove of something, especially when this is unfair>There is no longer any ------ to being divorced.
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gross
(especially in law) unacceptable because clearly wrong>a ----- violation of justice
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doctrine
a belief or set of beliefs, especially political or religious, taught and accepted by a particular group>Christian ---------
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misnomer
a name that does not suit what it refers to, or the use of such a name>It's something of a -------- to refer to these inexperienced boys as soldiers.
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proliferate
to increase greatly and suddenly in number>Small businesses have --------ed in the last ten years.
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hindsight
the ability to understand an event or situation only after it has happened>With (the benefit/wisdom of) -------, I should have taken the job.
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lucid
clearly expressed and easy to understand or (of a person) thinking or speaking clearly>She gave a clear and ----- account of her plans for the company's future.
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impenetrable
impossible to understand>Some of the lyrics on their latest album are completely ----------.
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ghastly
extremely bad>What ------- weather!
It was all a ------ mistake.
I thought her outfit was -------.
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tremulous
If a person's voice or a part of their body is -------, it is shaking slightly>In a ------ voice she whispered: " Who are you people?"
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garish
unpleasantly bright>a pair of ------ Bermuda shorts
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euphony
pleasing or sweet sound; especially : the acoustic effect produced by words so formed or combined as to please the ear
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pithy
(of speech or writing) short and clever; expressing an idea cleverly in a few words>a ----- remark
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girth
the distance around the outside of a thick or fat object, like a tree or a body>The oak was 2 metres in -----.
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lap
(of waves) to hit something gently, producing quiet sounds>The water ----ed against the side of the pool.
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asteroid
one of many rocky objects, varying in width from over 900 kilometres to less than one kilometre, which circle the sun
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adulation
very great admiration or praise for someone, especially when it is more than is deserved>Minelli is a born performer - she loves the excitement and she loves the --------.
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array
a large group of things or people, especially one which is attractive or causes admiration and often one which has been positioned in a particular way>There was a splendid ----- of food on the table.
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redoubtable
very strong, especially in character; producing respect and a little fear in others>Tonight Villiers faces the most -------- opponent of his boxing career.
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approbation
approval or agreement, often given by an official group; praise>The council has finally indicated its --------- of the plans.
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attrition
US FOR natural wastage
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secession
the act of becoming independent of a country or area of government
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poignant
causing or having a particularly sharp feeling of sadness>It is especially ------- that he died on the day before the wedding.
fodder
people or things that are useful for the stated purpose>Politicians are always good ------ for comedians (= they make jokes about them).
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regale
to entertain someone with stories, jokes, etc>The sailor -----ed us all night with stories of his adventures.
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warren
a series of connecting underground passages and holes in which rabbits live
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distant
far away>a ----- country
She could hear the ------ sound of fireworks exploding.
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