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Flashcards in Deck 5 Deck (16):
1

embellish (v)
/ɪmˈbɛlɪʃ/

Make (something) more attractive by the addition of decorative details or features
Make (a statement or story) more interesting by adding extra details that are often untrue

2

pique
/piːk/

1. (n) A feeling of irritation or resentment resulting from a slight, especially to one’s pride
2. (v) Arouse (interest or curiosity)
3. (v) (be piqued) Feel irritated or resentful
4. (v) Pride oneself
5. (n) Stiff fabric, typically cotton, woven in a strongly ribbed or raised pattern

3

dispensation (n)
/dɪspɛnˈseɪʃ(ə)n/

1. Exemption from a rule or usual requirement
2. A political, religious, or social system prevailing at a particular time
An act of divine providence
3. The action of distributing or supplying something

4

encumbrance (n)
/ɪnˈkʌmbr(ə)ns/

An impediment or burden
A mortgage or other claim on property or assets
A person, especially a child, who is dependent on someone else for support

5

inchoate (adj)
/ɪnˈkəʊeɪt/

1. Just begun and so not fully formed or developed; rudimentary
Confused or incoherent

6

per se
/pəː ˈseɪ/

By or in itself or themselves; intrinsically

7

stark (adj)
/stɑːk/

1. Severe or bare in appearance or outline
Unpleasantly or sharply clear
2. Complete; sheer
Completely naked.
3. Stiff, rigid, or incapable of movement
Physically strong or powerful

8

carouse
/kəˈraʊz/

1. (v) Drink alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way
2. (n) A noisy, lively drinking party

9

conservatism (n)
/kənˈsəːvətɪz(ə)m/

1. Commitment to traditional values and ideas with opposition to change or innovation
2. The holding of political views that favour free enterprise, private ownership, and socially conservative ideas (chủ nghĩa bảo thủ)

10

disposal (n)
/dɪˈspəʊz(ə)l/

1. The action or process of getting rid of something
The action of overcoming a rival or threat
2. The sale of shares, property, or other assets
3. The arrangement of something

11

vaunt (v)
/vɔːnt/

Boast about or praise (something), especially excessively

12

thriving (adj)
/ˈθrʌɪvɪŋ/

Prosperous and growing; flourishing

13

trounce (v)
/traʊns/

Defeat heavily in a contest
Rebuke or punish severely

14

cede (v)
/siːd/

Give up (power or territory)

15

logorrhoea / logorrhea (n)
/ˌlɒɡəˈrɪə/

A tendency to extreme loquacity

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reprisal (n)
/rɪˈprʌɪz(ə)l/

An act of retaliation