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banal
adj.平凡的, 陈腐的, 老一套的 Commonplace; trivial; hackneyed; trite.

While many critics were raving that the new work was fresh and inspiring, Jack and his friends found it banal and insipid, devoid of any redeeming qualities whatsoever.

Banal comes from the Old French word ban, an edict, which had the adjective banal, "of or relating to compulsory feudal service," which evolved to signify "merely obligatory," hence "commonplace."
faction
n.派别, 小集团, 派系斗争, 小派系, 内讧
1. A usually contentious or self-seeking group within a larger group, party, government, etc.
2. Party strife and intrigue; internal dissension.

For most of his colleagues, Leonid, who had succeeded Khrus as First Secretary, was a far more reassuring figure -- affable, lightweight and patient in reconciling opposing factions, though skillful in outmaneuvering his political rivals.
dentigerous
adj.有齿的
Having teeth.

From Latin denti- (teeth) + -gerous (bearing), from gerere (to bear).
temporize
v.见风驶舵
1. To be indecisive or evasive in order to gain time or delay action.
2. To comply with the time or occasion; to yield to prevailing opinion or circumstances.
3. To engage in discussions or negotiations so as to gain time (usually followed by 'with').
4. To come to terms (usually followed by 'with').

temporize derives from Medieval Latin temporizare, "to pass the time," from Latin tempus, tempor-, "time." It is related to temporary.

On the big issues, Reagan rejected the importuning of his senior aides. He refused to temporize on the 1981 tax cut that ended Jimmy Carter's stagflation.

The only alternative policy is to temporize, to make a series of concessions to North Korea as a way to buy time.

In the end, the price that was paid was tragically so much higher than it would have been if the democracies had shed their illusions that they could temporize with evil.
masticate
v.咀嚼

1. To grind or crush with or as if with the teeth in preparation for swallowing and digestion; to chew; as, "to masticate food."
2. To crush or knead (rubber, for example) into a pulp.
3. To chew food.
agitprop
n.宣传鼓动, 宣传鼓动部门
adj.宣传鼓动的

Propaganda, especially pro-communist political propaganda disseminated through literature, drama, music, or art.

. . .nationally televised agitprop designed to appear nonpartisan while actually pushing the ideology of the party in power.
tattoo
v.刺花样
n.纹身
1. A rapid, rhythmic drumming or rapping.
2. A beat of a drum, or sound of a trumpet or bugle, giving notice to soldiers to go to their quarters at night.
3. A display of military exercises given as evening entertainment.

With a steady tattoo of bad news beginning to offset what had been one of the most vibrant parts of the U.S. economy, "we are less optimistic than we were two months ago about the speed of the bounce back," Mr. Williams said.
plenipotentiary
n.全权大使
adj.有全权的
1. Containing or conferring full power; invested with full power; as, "plenipotentiary license; plenipotentiary ministers."
2. A person invested with full power to transact any business; especially, an ambassador or diplomatic agent with full power to negotiate a treaty or to transact other business.
endive
n.[植]菊苣
Roquefort
n.羊乳干酪
Torchon
n.一种粗造花边
Gratinée
[法]在食物上涂面包和干酪屑的烹调法
表面有一层焦黄面包和干酪屑的食物焦黄面包和干酪屑涂层
emmental
n. 瑞士(多孔)干酪
salsify
n.婆罗门参
fennel
n.[植]茴香
bouillabaisse
n.<法>(由数种鱼肉合煮而成的)浓味鱼肉汤
cassoulet
n.豆焖肉
calvados
n.(法国)苹果白兰地酒
citrus
n.柑橘类的植物
[植]柑桔属
compote
n.煮熟的糖渍水果, 果盘