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decrepit
(a) Broken down with age.
Fearing that it might fall in the storm, the farmer hired man to tear down the decrepit old barn.
Enigma
(n)a puzzle, a dark, obscure, or inexplicable saying, something that cannot be adequately explained.
Toru is an enigma.
She has a lot of enigma.
explicable
can be explained, understandable.
Please don't angry. This matter is explicable!
obscure
-dark, dim, unclear
-not famous, unknown
(a) (v)
obscure saying
obscure style
obscure author
diminutive
(a) below the average size, very small, little
abet
(v) to aid, help, encourage
(especially to do sth is not good)
The spy succeeded only because he had friends inside to abet.
solvent
(a) having the power to dissolve, able to pay all debts
dissolve: sun dissolves ice
*to be dissolved in tear*
engender
to bring about, to generate, to elicit. To cause to come into being
renovate
(v) to make new again
renovate an old building.
renovate a temple.
engulf
to surround completely, to flow over and enclose
The tsunami engulf everything.
During the hurricane, the waves engulfed the shore, and the houses along the beach filled with water.
circumlocution
(n) indirect, wordy means of an expression
Rather than get to the point, the politician talked around the issue, producing evasive circumlocution
staid
(a) sober, grave, sedate
itinerant
(a) traveling, unsettled, wandering about the country
itinerant circuit went to my town last week.
palatial
Like a castle, magnificent, stately
Coming from a small town in Iowa, Ema was amazed by palatial house in Hollywood.
coiffuire
a headdress, or manner of dressing the hair.
harsh
rough
harsh voice
harsh temper
harsh person
treatise
a writing composition on a particular subject, in which its principle are discussed or explained; a tract.
The fourth year students have to make a treatise on their major subject.
somnambulist
a sleepwalker
A somnambulist doesn't remember what he did last night.
Partisan
(n) a follower of certain cause, an adherent. Often refers to a guerilla
Cua Lo partisan.
Partisans are important factors in Vietnam war.
injuriuos
(a) causing harm, offensive
injure
rumple
to form in to irregular inequalities, to winkle to crumple
rumple the paper
rumple the clothes.
flatter
to compliment, to praise excessively and insincerely
I hate him, he usually flatters his boss to promote.
Imitation is sincerest form of flattery.
taut
(a) pulled tight, not slack
taut robe
taut nerves
taut situation
pacify
(v) to soothe, to silence, to calm someone down
slur
insulting remark