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1

avid

* very enthusiastic (for people)
e.g. an avid reader / football fan / stamp collector

2

blatant

* very obvious, done without shame or embarrassment (used to describe bad things)
e.g. a blatant lie / foul

3

breathtaking

*** very beautiful, surprising or impressive
e.g. breathtaking view / scenery
For a child of his age, his knowledge of the subject was breathtaking.

4

gripping

*** very exciting; for films and books
e.g. It was a gripping tale of murder and intrigue.

5

harrowing

*** shocking, making you feel very upset (not used to describe people)
e.g. a harrowing film / tale

6

lax

*** not strict or not careful enough (for safety measures, security, morals, discipline, laws, etc)

7

lenient

*** not strict; used to describe people in a position to punish (parents, teachers, etc)
e.g. The judge was lenient and let him off with a fine.

8

meteoric

*** very sudden and very quick (generally used with the noun rise)
e.g. He was unprepared for his meteoric rise to fame.

9

misleading

*** giving the wrong idea or impression
e.g. misleading information / advertisements / comments, etc

10

piercing

* loud and high-pitched (for noises)
e.g. She let out a piercing scream of terror.

11

prolific

*** producing a large number of works (for artists, composers and writers)

12

sporadic

*** happening at irregular intervals
e.g. sporadic fighting / shots / violence / outbreaks

13

staunch

* vey loyal
e.g. staunch supporter / friend / ally / Democrat, etc

14

sweeping

* (i) too general and therefore not valid (for statements and generalisations)
(ii) large and affecting everyone (for changes and reforms)
e.g. 'Women are bad drivers' is a sweeping generalisation that is all too common these days.
He proposed sweeping changes to the country's electoral system.

15

watertight

impossible to prove wrong or argue against
e.g. watertight arguments / court cast / alibi

16

dreary

*** boring and depressing
e.g. a dreary day / life / town
Her apartment was dreary and depressing.

17

dull

*** boring, without life, excitement or colour
e.g. dull afternoon / people / colour / weather

18

mundane

*** ordinary, boring, giving little satisfaction; often used to describe jobs
e.g. He had a mundane job in a local bank.

19

tedious

*** boring, and often frustrating
e.g. tedious journey / task / job

20

atrocious

*** extremely bad
e.g. atrocious film / mess / game, etc

21

dreadful

*** very bad
e.g. dreadful weather / mistakes / acting

22

lousy

*** (informal) very bad
e.g. lousy day / hotel / teacher / singer

23

flawless

*** perfect, with no faults
e.g. flawless complexion / performance

24

impeccable

*** perfect, faultless
e.g. impeccable appearance / reputation / taste in clothes

25

unblemished

* sth that has not been spoilt or harmed
e.g. unblemished record / reputation / character

26

arduous

*** tiring and involving a lot of effort
e.g. arduous journey / task

27

gruelling

*** tiring and lasting a long time
e.g. gruelling schedule /day / race

28

strenuous

* needing a lot of physical effort
e.g. strenuous activity / trip / effort / objection

29

bedraggled

*** untidy, dirty and wet (for people)
e.g. The two bedraggled children trudged into the house.

30

dishevelled

*** untidy
e.g. dishevelled clothes / hair / appearance / man

31

scruffy

*** untidy (for people / places); old and worn out (for clothes)
e.g. scruffy pair of jeans / flat / boy

32

astute

*** clever at understanding people and situations
e.g. astute politician / decision

33

crafty

*** clever and good at using deception to achieve success
e.g. crafty man / plan / look

34

shrewd

** clever and showing good judgement of other people and situations
e.g. shrewd businessman / investment / eyes

35

wily

* clever, experienced at deceiving people and not easily deceived (for people / behaviour)
e.g. wily businessman / manoeuvring

36

conventional

*** ordinary, normal
e.g. conventional people / opinions / ideas

37

mainstream

*** ordinary, conventional, neither strange nor extreme
e.g. mainstream beliefs / ideas / organisations / politics

38

middle-of-the-road

*** ordinary, not extreme
e.g. middle-of-the-road ideas / beliefs / music, etc

39

run-of-the-mill

* ordinary, nothing special
e.g. run-of-the-mill computer / supermarket