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lackadaisical
/ˌlakəˈdeɪzɪk(ə)l/

adj. lacking enthusiasm and determination; carelessly lazy

Giuliani: Obama has ‘lackadaisical attitude’ toward war, Gulf oil crisis

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flurry
/ˈflʌri/

1.a number of things arriving or happening suddenly and during the same period
2.a small swirling mass of something, especially snow or leaves, moved by sudden gusts of wind

1.After a flurry of requests, the quotes are now available as prints.
2.a flurry of snow

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sentient
/ˈsɛnʃ(ə)nt/

adj. able to perceive or feel things

It was accompanied by the emergence of nervous systems and the first inkling of sentience.

 

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recess
/rɪˈsɛs/

n. 1.a hollow space inside something (凹進處)
n. 2.(usually recesses) a remote, secluded, or secret place

learning how to utilize social media channels available will help you to survive in the vast, deep recesses of internet space.

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curdle
coagulate
congeal
coalesce

1.separate or cause to separate into curds or lumps.
2.(of a fluid) change to a solid or semi-solid state.
3.solidify by cooling.
4.come together.

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dirge
/dərj/

n. a lament for the dead, esp. one forming part of a funeral rite. a mournful song, piece of music, or sound.

Feynman shares in Armstrong's dirge
 

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numskull
/ˈnʌmskʌl/

n. dunce: a stupid person; these words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence

 

It was a major act of numskullery that became a major part of saving millions of lives.

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plaudits
/ˈplɔːdɪts/

plural n.  praise; the applause of an audience

Destino would receive an Oscar nomination for the Best Animated Short Film, among other plaudits from critics.
 

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whipsaw1
/ˈwɪpsɔː/

n. a saw with a narrow blade and a handle at both ends, used typically by two people.

Some crafted rich character studies, others told tales through whipsaw dialogue or internal monologue.

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whipsaw2
/ˈwɪpsɔː/

v. subject to two difficult situations or opposing pressures at the same time,

the army has been whipsawed by a shrinking budget and a growing pool of recruits.

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trinket
/ˈtrɪŋkɪt/

n. a small ornament or item of jewellery that is of little value

They would purchase cheap trinkets, ask some of today's most exciting creative writers to invent stories about them.

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tchotchke
/ˈtʃɒtʃkə/

n. a small object that is decorative rather than strictly functional; a trinket.

The tchotchkes, originally purchased for a total of $128.74, sold for a whopping total of $3,612.51.

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auteur
/ôˈtər/

n. a filmmaker whose movies are characterized by a filmmaker's creative influence. [Quentin Tarantino]

he was also a prolific maker of subversive secret art and the auteur of a naughty book for adults.

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immanent
/ˈɪmənənt/

adj. existing or operating within; inherent

Fascinated, he set out to explore this new dimension. What he found was a language of silence and immanence.

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myopia
/mīˈōpēə/

mass noun. the quality of being short-sighted.
(lack of foresight or intellectual insight)

We function on the basis of a necessary myopia.

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bristly
/ˈbrislē/

adj. (of hair or foliage) Having a stiff and prickly texture.

 

I imagined his gold braided cap and his aviator glasses, his tanned, bristly arms, his descent towards the tarmac at Kingston.

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incontinent
/ɪnˈkɒntɪnənt/

adj. having no or insufficient voluntary control over urination or defecation. (大小便失禁)
adj. lacking self-restraint, without due restraint

1.the masks swinging idly in the desert wind, witnessed by rattlesnakes and shy and incontinent desert tortoises. 2.the incontinent hysteria of the fans

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livery
/ˈliv(ə)rē/

n. a special design and color scheme used on the vehicles, aircraft, or products of a particular company

Many of the planes wore liveries testifying to corporate hubris: Midway, Braniff, Novair, African Air Express
 

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cosset
/ˈkɒsɪt/

v. care for and protect in an overindulgent way

Machines which had spent the better part of their working lives being cosseted by engineers and highly trained mechanics. 

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fuselage
/ˈfjuːzəlɑːʒ, -lɪdʒ/

n. the main body of an aircraft. (機身)

I wandered through the Airbus stand, inspecting see-through model fuselages of yet-to-be-built aeroplanes

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ricochet
/ˈrikəˌSHā/

v. (of a bullet or other projectile) rebound off a surface

A teenaged girl was sitting next to it on a sun lounger and cutting her toenails, which ricocheted remarkable distances across a turquoise-coloured concrete floor.

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funnel
/ˈfʌn(ə)l/

v. guide or channel (something) through or as if through a funnel (by widening or narrowing at the end)

I took a wrong exit, onto a divided motorway which funnelled me irrevocably in a south-easterly direction, into the Mojave Desert.

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fiddle
/ˈfɪd(ə)l/

v. [with object] informal, chiefly British falsify (figures, data, or records), typically in order to gain money.

our digestions unhealthy, our sleep interrupted, our expenses fiddled .

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alacrity
/əˈlakritē/

n. brisk and cheerful readiness

After being ignored for so long, the arts of salesmanship were now practised with unusual alacrity by people.

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accompaniment
/əˈkəmp(ə)nimənt/

n. a piece of music played as a complement or background to an activity, or supports or partners a solo instrument, voice, or group (伴奏)

The short films showed machines blasting into the air to the accompaniment (= while hearing the sound of) of a muscular American-inflected commentary

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surreptitious
/ˌsərəpˈtiSHəs/

adj. kept secret, esp. because it would not be approved of

And yet to have attended, and in such style, only offered surreptitious confirmation of the very problem to which the stand had been proposed as the daring answer.

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tantamount
/ˈtantəˌmount/

adj. equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as (usually something bad)

To have omitted to come to Paris would have been tantamount to admitting that Saudi Arabia did not build planes.

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germane
/jərˈmān/

adj. relevant to a subject under consideration

Next and more germane question: what are Mr.Petri's qualities?

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tease
/tēz/

v. gently pull or comb (something tangled, esp. wool or hair) into separate strands
v. find something out from a mass of irrelevant information
Harding teases out the common threads of creation and weaves them together into a framework for optimizing creativity

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sojourn
/ˈsōjərn/

n.  a temporary stay

How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn.

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intersperse
/ˌintərˈspərs/

v. scatter among or between other things; place here and there

Interspersed in Larson's immersive narrative are italicized excerpts of Cage's own writing, in his own voice.

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intermesh
/ˌintərˈmeSH/

v. (of two or more things) Mesh with one another

Larson traces Cage's own journey as an artist and a soul, as well as his intermeshing with the journeys of other celebrated artists, including Marcel Duchamp, Jasper John, Yoko Ono...

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tomfoolery
/tämˈfo͞ol(ə)rē/

n. Foolish or silly behavior

Psychologists have identified all sorts of cognitive biases and mental tomfoolery that turn your mind against you every day.

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presage
/ˈprɛsɪdʒ/

v. be a sign or warning that (something, typically something bad) will happen

Turning his gaze to the shifting value-system behind money-making, he presages the words of Jimi Hendrix:

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apocryphal
/əˈpɒkrɪf(ə)l/

adj. (of a story or statement) of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true

The story that Newton was inspired by an apple hitting his head is almost certainly apocryphal. 

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minutiae
/məˈn(y)o͞oSHē/ 

plural n. the small, precise, or trivial details of something

Jung's reflections span everything from the minutia of working for a living to the grand truths of the human condition.

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recompense
/ˈrekəmˌpens/

n. compensation or reward given for loss or harm suffered or effort made

In recompense, they transmit the atmosphere of his intellectual world.

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plexiglas
/ˈpleksiˌglas/

n. a strong, transparent plastic that is sometimes used instead of glass

The outside is clad with exterior grade plywood with an absorbent resin surface punctuated by plexiglas inserts. 

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weld
/wɛld/

v. 焊接; unite (pieces of plastic or other material) by melting or softening of surfaces in contact
v. cause to combine and form a harmonious or effective whole

Eberstadt's add-on room is constructed of a welded steel cage with a light birch veneered plywood interior cladding.

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wordsmith
/ˈwərdˌsmiTH/

n. a skilled user of words

Coal is far from clean and no amount of spin or wordsmithing is going to change that.

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permaculture
/ˈpərməˌkəlCHər/

n. the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient

there are yoga classes, permaculture workshops and a community radio thrown in for good measure.

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Pedestal
/ˈpedəstl/

n. 1.the base or support on which a statue, obelisk, or column is mounted. 2.the supporting column or base of a washbasin or toilet bowl

In the riot, the statues were toppled from their pedestals.

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effervescent
/ˌefərˈvesənt/

adj. 1.(of a liquid) Giving off bubbles; fizzy. 2. vivacious and enthusiastic

Hoffman first displays an effervescent cool and beatific elegance and then slowly shows it crumbling. 

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beatific
/ˌbēəˈtifik/

adj. blissfully happy

Hoffman first displays an effervescent cool and beatific elegance and then slowly shows it crumbling. 

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bravura
/brəˈv(y)o͞orə/

n. great technical skill and brilliance shown in a performance or activity

Watch his modulation, vocally and emotionally, in the bravura scene where his party pontification is interrupted by a smirking interloper.

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pontificate
/pänˈtifiˌkāt/

v. (in the Roman Catholic Church) Officiate as bishop, esp. at Mass
v. express one's opinions in a way considered annoyingly pompous and dogmatic

Watch his modulation, vocally and emotionally, in the bravura scene where his party pontification is interrupted by a smirking interloper.

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interloper
/ˈintərˌlōpər/

n. a person who becomes involved in a place or situation where they are not wanted or are considered not to belong (闖入者)

Watch his modulation, vocally and emotionally, in the bravura scene where his party pontification is interrupted by a smirking interloper.

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retiring
/rɪˈtʌɪərɪŋ/

adj. shy and fond of being on one's own

a retiring, acquiescent (默默順從的) woman

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abrasive
/əˈbrāsiv/

n. a substance used for grinding, polishing, or cleaning a hard surface
n. showing little concern for the feelings of others; harsh

her abrasive and arrogant personal style won her few friends

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moot
/mo͞ot/

adj. 1) subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty and having no real answer. 2) having no practical significance, typically because the subject is too uncertain to allow a decision
n. 1) an assembly held for debate, esp. in Anglo-Saxon and medieval time. 2) a mock trial set up to examine a hypothetical case as an academic exercise

Then again, the probability that you are dreaming this very minute might be one in ten, so it might all be moot.