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entrance
the act of a person coming into a room in an ordinary situation, although often because there is something noticeable about it>I noticed her --------- because she slipped and fell in the doorway.
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heterogeneous
consisting of parts or things that are very different from each other>Switzerland is a ------------ confederation of 26 self-governing cantons.
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temperate
(of weather conditions) neither very hot nor very cold>a --------- climate
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glamor
a quality of someone or something that causes excitement and admiration because of its style or attractive appearance >The downhill race was one of the ------- events of the Winter Olympics.
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disinterested
having no personal involvement or receiving no personal advantage, and therefore free to act fairly>a disinterested observer/judgment
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mosaic
a pattern or picture made using many small pieces of coloured stone or glass>a beautiful 10th century ------
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arboreal
of or living in trees>------- animals
Many people believe that humans evolved from ------- ancestors.
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uninhibited
free and natural, without embarrassment or too much control>The students we spoke to were surprisingly -------- in talking about sex.
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amnesty
a decision by a government that allows political prisoners to be free>Most political prisoners were freed under the terms of the --------.
stint
a fixed or limited period of time spent doing a particular job or activity>He has just finished a ----- of compulsory military service.
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spin
when an idea or situation is expressed or described in a clever way that makes it seem better than it really is, especially in politics>They have tried to put a positive ---- on the situation.
grumble
to complain about someone or something in an annoyed way>She spent the evening ------ing to me about her job.
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recondite
not known about by many people and difficult to understand>We had to work from material that was both complex and ------.
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consonance
correspondence of sounds, harmony among components.
enduring
existing for a long time>I shall be left with many -------- memories of the time I spent in India.
concave
curving in>a concave lens
forward
confident and honest in a way that ignores the usual social rules and might seem rude>Do you think it was ------- of me to invite her to dinner when we'd only just met?
astigmatism
a fault in the lens of the eye which reduces the quality of sight, especially a fault which stops the eye from focussing
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singular
of an unusual quality or standard; noticeable>It was a building of ------- grace and beauty.
augury
a sign of what might happen in the future>These sales figures are a good ------ for another profitable year.
tribulation
a problem or difficulty
cater
to provide, and sometimes serve, food>Who -----ed your party?
sartorial
relating to the making of clothes, usually men's clothes, or to a way of dressing>-------- elegance
slur
a critical remark about someone which is likely to have a harmful effect on their reputation>Her letter contained several outrageous ----s against/on her former colleagues.
quarry
a person or animal being hunted or looked for>The dogs pursued their ------- into an empty warehouse.
queue
a line of people, usually standing or in cars, waiting for something>Are you in the ----- for tickets?
funereal
suitable for a funeral>-------- music
genre
a style, especially in the arts, that involves a particular set of characteristics>What ----- does the book fall into - comedy or tragedy?
a literary/musical/film -----
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amphibian
an animal, such as a frog, which lives both on land and in water but must lay its eggs in water
ineluctable
If a fact or a situation is ---------, it cannot be ignored or avoided.
appall
to make someone have strong feelings of shock or of disapproval>I was ------ed at/by the lack of staff in the hospital.
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analgesic
a type of drug which stops you from feeling pain>This cream contains a mild ------- to soothe stings and bites.
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resign
to give up a job or position by telling your employer that you are leaving>He -----ed from the company in order to take a more challenging job.
She ------ed as director.
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pang
a sudden sharp feeling, especially of painful emotion>a ---- of jealousy
We hadn't eaten since yesterday and the hunger ----s were getting harder to ignore.
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incontinent
unable to control the excretion of urine or the contents of the bowels>Many of our elderly patients are ----------.
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stickler
a person who thinks that a particular type of behaviour is very important, and always follows it or tries to make other people follow it>He's a -------- for detail/accuracy/efficiency.
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inclined
tending or wanting to do something>Tom is ------ed to be lazy.
No one seemed ------ed to help.
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episodic
happening only sometimes and not regularly>The war between these two countries has been long-drawn-out and -------.
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seasonable
expected at or suitable for a particular time>December brought some -------- snow showers.
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astringent
describes remarks which are clever but very critical or unkind>-------- criticism
her --------- wit
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quotidian
ordinary; everyday>Television has become part of our -------- existence.
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stanza
one of the parts into which a poem is divided.
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sentinel
a soldier who guards a camp or a building.
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saga
a long story about several past events or people, originally one told in the Middle Ages in Iceland or Norway>a lengthy and compelling family ----
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aristocracy
a class of people who hold high social rank>members of the ------------
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innuendo
(the making of) a remark or remarks that suggest something sexual or something unpleasant but do not refer to it directly>There's always an element of sexual -------- in our conversations.
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rag
a torn piece of old cloth>I keep these ---s for cleaning the car.
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conducive
providing the right conditions for something good to happen or exist>Such a noisy environment was not -------- to a good night's sleep.
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slight
to insult someone by not paying them any attention or treating them as if they are not important>I felt -----ed when my boss thanked everyone but me for their hard work.
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tout
to sell tickets for something such as a sports game or theatre performance unofficially, usually at a much higher price than the official price>£30 seats for the match were being ----ed for £500.
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repugnant
If behaviour or beliefs, etc. are repugnant, they are very unpleasant, causing a feeling of disgust>a --------- smell
I find your attitude towards these women quite ----------.
cue
a signal for someone to do something>They started washing up, so that was our --- to leave the party.
soliloquy
a speech in a play which the character speaks to him- or herself or to the people watching rather than to the other characters
fruition
when a plan or an idea begins to happen, exist or be successful>None of his grand plans for a TV series ever came to ---------.
termination
the intentional ending of a pregnancy, usually by a medical operation
intermittent
not happening regularly or continuously; stopping and starting repeatedly or with periods in between>---------- rain
jocose
amusing or playful>His ------- manner was unsuitable for such a solemn occasion.
blasphemy
something which you say or do that shows you do not respect God or a religion>to be accused of ---------
consummate
to make something complete or perfect
consequential
happening as a result of something>Our use of harmful chemicals and the -------- damage to the environment is a very serious matter.
gainsay
to refuse to accept something as the truth>Certainly there's no ----------ing (= It is not possible to doubt) the technical brilliance of his performance
abolish
to end an activity or custom officially>I think bullfighting should be --------ed
convivial
friendly and making you feel happy and welcome>a -------- atmosphere/host
gawk
to look at something or someone in a stupid or rude way>Don't sit there -----ing like that - give me a hand
betray
If someone betrays something such as a promise, they do not do what they said they would>The government has been accused of ------ing its election promises
concession
a reduction in the usual price of something, which is available to students or young, old or unemployed people>You can get travel ---------s if you are under 26
cogent
describes an argument or reason, etc. that is clearly expressed and persuasive
flaunt
to show or make obvious something you are proud of in order to get admiration>He's got a lot of money but he doesn't ------- it.
chaperon
a female nurse who is in the same room when a female patient is examined by a male doctor, or a police officer who protects a person injured by a criminal when they are in public
conspire
to plan secretly with other people to do something bad, illegal or against someone's wishes>As girls, the sisters used to ------- with each other against their brother
clemency
kindness when giving a punishment>The jury passed a verdict of guilty, with an appeal to the judge for --------.
nostrum
false or phony remedy; panacea
scrutinize
to examine something very carefully in order to discover information>He -------ed the men's faces carefully/closely, trying to work out who was lying.
archetype
a typical example of something; the original model of something from which others are copied>The United States is the ------- of a federal society
trite
expressed too frequently to be interesting or seem sincere>His lyrics about love and peace are too ----- for me to take them seriously
codify
to arrange something, such as laws or rules, into a system
conflagration
a large and violent event, such as a war, involving a lot of people>They may succeed in turning a little local difficulty into a full-blown regional -------------
subliminal
not recognized or understood by the conscious mind, but still having an influence on it>The Prime Minister was interviewed in front of a factory to give the -------- message that he was a man of the people
duplicity
lack of honesty, especially by saying different things to two people>They were accused of -------- in their dealings with both sides.
epithet
an adjective added to a person's name or a phrase used instead of it, usually to criticize or praise them>The opera-singer's 104-kilo frame has earned him the ------- of 'Man Mountain' in the press
peon
worker who labors in order to repay a debt
thematic
of or pertaining to a theme
plight
an unpleasant condition, especially a serious, sad or difficult one>Few of us can be unmoved by the ------ of the Romanian orphans.
cohort
a group of people who share a characteristic, usually age>The Mayor and his -----s have abused their positions of power.
labile
changeable, unstable; able to change its state (Chemistry)
panegyric
a speech or piece of writing that praises someone greatly and does not mention anything bad about them>She delivered a -------- on the President-elect
apothecary
a person who in the past made and sold medicines
requisition
to officially request or take>The army ----------ed all the cars and trucks they could find
ample
more than enough>There's ----- evidence that the lawyer knew exactly what she was doing.
assuage
to make unpleasant feelings less strong>The government has tried to ------ the public's fears.
exigency
the difficulties of a situation, especially one which causes urgent demands>Economic --------- obliged the government to act.
voodoo
a type of religion involving magic and the worship of spirits (= beings which cannot be seen), especially common in Haiti
furrow
a long line or hollow which is formed or cut into the surface of something>Years of anxiety have lined her brow with deep --------s.
gerontocracy
governing body composed of old people
rarefied
describes a place or situation which does not have any of the problems of ordinary life>the -------- atmosphere/circles of college life
madrigal
a song performed without musical instruments in which several singers sing different notes at the same time
multilingual
(of people or groups) able to use more than two languages for communication, or (of a thing) written or spoken in more than two different languages>a ------------ on-line dictionary