English Vocabulary Builder
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English Vocabulary Builder
08 nov 2013
A combination of parts that create a complete whole
Example :- The show was a wonderful amalgam of dance, music and drama. Nearly every new parent feels an amalgam of joy and terror.
noun NOT MORAL
1. (a) moral fault or weakness in someone's character Greed, pride, envy, dishonesty and lust are considered to be vices. mainly humorous My one real vice (= bad habit) is chocolate.
2. [ U ] illegal and immoral activities, especially involving illegal sex, drugs, etc. The chief of police said that he was committed to wiping out vice in the city
A short series of funny drawings with a small amount of writing which is usually published in a newspaper
To cause repeated suffering or anxiety
1.Fighting in Vietnam was an experience that would haunt him for the rest of his life.
2.Thirty years after the fire he is still haunted by images of death and destruction.
1.An uncertain situation that you cannot control and in which there is no progress or improvement
2.A dance from the West Indies in which the dancer bends backwards to go under a low bar which is made lower each time he or she goes under it
To treat someone or something as if they are not important
Unusual and strange, sometimes in an unpleasant way
She has the most peculiar ideas.
What a peculiar smell!
perch in/on, etc. sth perch in/on, etc. sth to sit on or near the edge of something
Example We perched on bar stools and had a beer.
A blackbird was perching on the gate.
Quid pro quo
something that is given to a person in return for something they have done
Example The government has promised food aid as a quid pro quo for the stopping of violence.
a successful way of curing an illness or dealing with a problem or difficulty
Example An effective herbal remedy for headaches
The best remedy for grief is hard work.
(especially of dogs) to make a deep rough sound while showing the teeth, usually in anger or (of people) to speak or say something angrily and forcefully
Example:- The dogs started to snarl at each other so I had to separate them.
[ + speech ] "Go to hell!", he snarled. sn
describes a long line of traffic that is unable to travel forward because something is blocking the road
Example The traffic was snarled up in both directions for two miles because of the accident.
1.To kill someone by pressing their throat so that they cannot breathe
She had been strangled with her own scarf and her body dumped in the woods.
2.To stop something from developing
Example There is a great deal of fear that the new restrictions might strangle the country's economy.
To prevent something from happening or someone from achieving a purpose
Example:- In our search for evidence, we were stymied by the absence of any recent documents.
To try to destroy or damage something, especially an established political system
The rebel army is attempting to subvert the government. Our best intentions are sometimes subverted by our natural tendency to selfishness.
something which fails to represent the values and qualities that it is intended to represent, in a way that is shocking or offensive
Example:-Their production of 'Macbeth' was quite the worst I've ever seen - it was a travesty. Langdale described the court ruling as a travesty of justice .
without knowing or planning
Example:- The two women claimed they were the unwitting victims of a drugs dealer who planted a large quantity of heroin in their luggage.
Niche ( having two meaning)
One similar word is niche market
1. A job or position which is very suitable for someone, especially one that they like
Example:-He has carved/made a niche for himself as a professional tennis player.
2. A hollow in a wall, especially one made to put a statue in so that it can be seen