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moiety
n.二分之一, 一部分, 半族
1. One of two equal parts; a half. 2. An indefinite part; a small portion or share. 3. One of two basic tribal subdivisions.

After falling in the mud puddle, Anna did her best to extract herself with a moiety of dignity. However, when she slid back in even that infinitesimal speck was utterly obliterated.

Moiety comes from Old French meitiet, from Late Latin medietas, from Latin medius, "middle."
amicable

Amicable derives from Latin amicus, "friend," from amare, "to love."
adj.友善的, 和平的
Characterized by friendliness and good will; friendly; peaceable.

He is back on amicable terms with his first wife and with his children.

While the discussion was very spirited, the most amicable feelings were displayed on all sides.

The stage was set for simmering hostility between the two sects, and the breakdown in amicable relations was hastened by the high-handed attitude of the Maronite emirs towards the Druze barons, who lost many of their ancestral privileges and lands.
effrontery

Effrontery is from French effronterie, ultimately from Late Latin effrons, effront-, "shameless," literally "without forehead" (to blush with), from Latin ex-, "out of" + frons, front-, "forehead."
n.厚颜无耻, 厚颜无耻的行为

Insulting presumptuousness; shameless boldness; insolence.
harrowing
adj.痛心的, 悲惨的
sumptuous
adj.奢侈的, 华丽的
gavel
n.槌

But when Robert Pozen snaps down his gavel at the first meeting of the SEC's Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting at 10 AM on Thursday, he'll preside over a fairly chummy group.
chummy
adj.关系亲密的, 合得来的
n.密友
malaise
n.不舒服

But as America's mortgage malaise has spread with shocking alacrity from one corner of the credit markets to another, even these staid creatures have been sent into spasms.
alacrity
n.敏捷, 活泼, 爽快
staid
adj.沉静的
spasm
n.(感情等)一阵发作, 痉挛
fortnight
n.两星期
come forward
It has also urged banks not to be shy in coming forward. To show there is no shame in turning to the Fed, four big banks—Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Wachovia and Bank of America—all this week announced they had taken the central bank up on its forceful offer.
newfangled
adj.新奇的, 新制的

Even if stability returns to markets, the repricing of risk is likely to continue. How far it goes will depend largely on the state of the mortgages that serve as collateral for many of the newfangled instruments that were, until recently, hawked with glee on Wall Street.
amicus
[Latin] friend