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English Vocabulary Builder
2013-11-08 22:08:47
English Words

08 nov 2013
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  1. Amalgam
    • 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.
  2. Vice
    • 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
  3. Cleric
    A priest
  4. Comic strip
    A short series of funny drawings with a small amount of writing which is usually published in a newspaper
  5. Haunt

    • To cause repeated suffering or anxiety
    • Example
    • 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.
  6. Limbo
    • 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
  7. Marginalize
    To treat someone or something as if they are not important
  8. Peculiar
    • Unusual and strange, sometimes in an unpleasant way 
    • Example
    • She has the most peculiar ideas.
    • What a peculiar smell!
  9. Perch
    • 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Remedy
    • 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.
  12. Snarl
    • (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
  13. Snarled up
    • 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.
  14. 1.Strangle
    • 1.To kill someone by pressing their throat so that they cannot breathe
    • Example
    • 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.
  15. Stymie
    • 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.
  16. Subvert
    • To try to destroy or damage something, especially an established political system
    • Example 
    • The rebel army is attempting to subvert the government. Our best intentions are sometimes subverted by our natural tendency to selfishness.
  17. Travesty
    • 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 .
  18. Unwitting
    • 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.
  19. 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