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Flashcards in 2162 Deck (46):
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sumptuous

D. lavish; very expensive and looking very impressive

E. We dined in sumptuous surroundings. / The book is sumptuously illustrated in full colour.

2

sunder

D. to split apart

E. during the cold war East and West Berlin were sundered by an impenetrable wall

3

sundry

D. various; not important enough to be named separately

E. a watch, a diary and sundry other items / The club is open to all and sundry(=everyone, not just a few special people).

4

superannuated

D. too old for work or to be used for their original purpose

E. superannuated rock stars

5

supercilious

D. haughty

6

superfluous

D. more than the amount needed

7

superlative

\sü-'pe'r-le'-tif\

D. of the best kind; supreme

E. a superlative performance

8

supersede

\sü-pe'r-sēd\

D. to take the place of something/somebody that is considered to be old-fashioned or no longer the best available

E. he theory has been superseded by more recent research.

9

supine

\'sü-pīn\

D. lying flat on your back; not willing to act or disagree with somebody because you are lazy or morally weak

E. Clare remained supine, her eyes closed. / the supine attitude of some of our politicians

10

superficial

D. pertaining to the surface of sth

11

supple

\'sä-pol\

D. flexible

E. hese exercises will help to keep you supple. / Moisturizing cream helps to keep your skin soft and supple.

12

supplicant

D. a person who asks for something in a humble way, especially from God or a powerful person

E. the new governor soon had to deal with a long line of supplicants asking for jobs and other political favors

13

surcease

\(ˌ)sər-ˈsēs\

D. an end

E. hoping the new medicine would bring surcease to his pain / to borrow from my books surcease of sorrow

14

surfeit

D. to satiate

15

surly

D. rude and ill-tempered

16

surmise

D. the guise made on the basis of little evidence

E. From the looks on their faces, I surmised that they had had an argument.

17

surreptitious

D. done secretly or quickly, in the hope that other people will not notice

E. She sneaked a surreptitious glance at her watch.

18

surrogate

\'se'r-ro-gāt\

D. a substitute

E. She saw him as a sort of surrogate father.

19

surveillance

D. a watch over sb (to survey)

E. he police are keeping the suspects under constant surveillance.

20

sustenance

D. maintenance

21

sybaritic

\si-be'r-'ri-tik\

D. connected with a desire for pleasure; loving luxury

E. his sybaritic lifestyle

22

sycophant

\'si-ke'-fānt\

D. a person who praises important or powerful people too much and in a way that is not sincere, especially in order to get something from them

E. a sycophantic review

23

sylvan

\ˈsil-vən\

D. connected with forests and trees

E. sylvan surroundings

24

symmetry

\'si-me'-trē\

D. the quality of being very similar or equal

E. the increasing symmetry between men's and women's jobs

25

symposium

D. a meeting at which experts have discussions about a particular subject; a small conference

E. recently attended a daylong symposium on new methods of chromatography

26

synchronize

D. to happen at the same time or to move at the same speed as something; to make something do this

E. Let's synchronize our watches / The sound track did not synchronize with the action.

27

synopsis

\sin-näp-sis\

D. a summary of a piece of writing, a play, etc


E. The programme gives a brief synopsis of the plot.

28

synthesis

D. a putting together

29

synthetic

D. not natural; artificial

E. shoes with synthetic soles (鞋底)

30

tacit

D. that is suggested indirectly or understood, rather than said in words

E. By tacit agreement, the subject was never mentioned again.

31

taciturn

D. tending not to say very much, in a way that seems unfriendly

E. a taciturn and serious young man

32

tactful

D. careful not to say or do anything that will annoy or upset other people

E. I tried to find a tactful way of telling her the truth.

33

tactile

D. connected with the sense of touch

E. tactile fabric (= pleasant to touch) / tactile maps (= that you can touch and feel)

34

taint

D. to infect or spoil

35

talisman

\'ta-le's-me'm\

D. an object that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck

E. a pendant of white nephrite jade is often worn by Indians as a talisman to ward off heart disease

36

tangible

D. that can be clearly seen to exist; that you can touch and feel

E. We cannot accept his findings without tangible evidence. / he tension between them was almost tangible. / Laura was almost tangibly aware of his hard grey eyes focused on her.

37

tantamount

\'tān-te'-maunt\

D. equal (to)

E. If he resigned it would be tantamount to admitting that he was guilty.

38

tantalize

D. to tempt (sb) with sth he cannot have

E. The tantalizing aroma of fresh coffee wafted towards them. / a tantalizing glimpse of the future

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tawdry

\'tä-drē\

D. intended to be bright and attractive but cheap and of low quality; involving low moral standards; extremely unpleasant or offensive

E. tawdry jewellery / a tawdry affair

40

tawny

\'tä-nē\

D. brownish-yellow in colour

E. the lion's tawny mane

41

tautological

\ˌtȯ-tə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\

D. a statement in which you say the same thing twice in different words, when this is unnecessary

42

temerity

d. foolish boldness

43

temperate

D. moderate

44

template

D. a pattern

E. If you need to write a lot of similar letters, set up a template on your computer.

45

temporal

D. temporary; worldly

E. a universe which has spatial and temporal dimensions / Although spiritual leader of millions of people, the Pope has no temporal power.

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tedious

D. tiresome