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adj.
(especially of a person or their behaviour) sexual in an uncontrolled and socially unacceptable way; promiscuous and unprincipled in sexual matters.

Above all, he made it his mission to take on the city's licentious culture.

licentious
/līˈsenSHəs/

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adj. expressing a strong desire for sexual activity (exhibiting overt lustinclined to lustfulness)

Morrison was acquitted of a lewd and lascivious behavior and drunkenness charge.

lascivious
/ləˈsivēəs/

3

adj. (of behaviour, speech, dress, etc.) sexual in an obvious and rude way (lustful, crude sexual desire)

The suspect then asked the teen a lewd question concerning a male's sexual organ.

lewd
/lo͞od/

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adj. (especially of men) showing a strong sexual interest in someone; having or showing excessive sexual desire

A lecherous neighbor who made a pass at the woman and whom Cliff wanted to kill.

lecherous
/ˈleCH(ə)rəs/

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adj. (writing, talking, picture) causing or showing a strong interest in sexual matters; lustful; erotic; obscene; grossly indecent

It is all about two adulterers and the love of the media for salacious NONSENSE; a salacious film/comment/book 

salacious
/səˈlāSHəs/

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adj. relating to physical needs (esp. sexual) and activities

In another life, this heavy shaft of flesh had been his source of carnal pleasure; carnal desire.

carnal
/ˈkärnl/

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1. To twist or squirm in or as if in pain; make contortions of the body;
2. Respond with great emotional or physical discomfort to (a violent or unpleasant feeling or thought)

1. he writhed in agony on the ground
2. she bit her lip, writhing in suppressed fury

writhe
/rīT͟H/

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v.
1. to move along by twisting and turning the body, as a worm or snake
2. avoid (something), esp. by devious means

1. wriggle a thin, sharp knife into each end of meat, making a kind of pilot hole
2. don't try and wriggle out of your contract

wriggle
/ˈrigəl/

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v.
1. wriggle or twist the body from side to side, esp. as a result of nervousness or discomfort
2. to feel deep mental discomfort, guilt, embarrassment, etc.

1. If you put a suit on him, I'm sure he'd squirm like a 10-year-old at a wedding.
2. Today, museum audiences relish watching the art world squirm over such blunders. 

squirm
/skwərm/

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v.
1. travel constantly without a fixed destination; wander
2. (of eyes) Look in changing directions in order to see something thoroughly

1. roving planes of grass; a quarter of a million refugees roved around the country
2. the policeman's eyes roved around the bar

rove
/rōv/

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v.
1. Cut or carve (a text or design, by acid corrosion) on a surface
2. Cause to stand out or be clearly defined or visible


1. her initials were etched on the table
2. Jo watched the outline of the town etched against the sky; her face was etched with tiredness; her finely etched profile

etch
/eCH/

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v.
1. Improve the hardness and elasticity or resiliency of (steel or other metal) by reheating and then cooling it
2. Serve as a neutralizing or counterbalancing force to (something); moderate

2. On paper, the U.S. at long last seems to be tempering its petroleum profligacy

 

temper
/ˈtempər/

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v.
1. (of water or a watercourse) Make (a channel or pool) by flowing forcefully over something and removing soil or rock
2. Subject (a place, text, etc.) to a thorough search in order to locate something

1. a stream came crashing through a narrow cavern to scour out a round pool below.
2. David scoured each newspaper for an article on the murder.

scour
/skou(ə)r/

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v.
1. Add coal or other solid fuel to (a fire, furnace, or boiler) 添加燃料撥旺
2. Encourage or incite (a strong emotion or tendency) 火上加油

his composure had the effect of stoking her anger

stoke
/stōk/

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1. A medicine made by dissolving a drug, herb or animal in alcohol 薬酒
2. A slight trace or vestige of something
(v) Be tinged, flavored, or imbued with a slight amount of

1. a bottle containing tincture of iodine
2. she could not keep a tincture of bitterness out of her voice
(v) Arthur's affability was tinctured with faint sarcasm

tincture
/ˈtiNGkCHər/

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n. A solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases(goddess of healing; cure all remedy)

They are corrosive, creating a culture in which tax money is everyone's panacea.

panacea
/ˌpanəˈsēə/

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(idiom) to say that something is caused by something else

She doesn't even bother to say thank you, but I just chalk it up to bad manners and try not to let it bother me.

chalk sth up to (sth else)

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n. An evening party or gathering, typically in a private house, for conversation or music

Never before has the preeminent art museum hosted such a grand charity soiree.

soirée
/swäˈrā/

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n. A type or category

entrepreneurs of all stripes are joining in the offensive.

stripe
/strīp/

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adj. Not important or significant 無關緊要

Beyond a point one stops caring about inconsequential details like how to travel. 

inconsequential
/ˌinkänsəˈkwenCHəl/

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n.
1. A covering of a specified sort
2. A fragile mesh cover fixed around a gas jet, kerosene wick, etc., to give an incandescent light when heated

v.
1. clothe in or as if in a mantle; cloak or envelop
2. (of the face) Glow with a blush

(n) 1. the houses were covered with a thick mantle of snow
(v) 1. heavy mists mantled the forested slopes
(v) 2. her rich face mantling with emotion

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mantle
/ˈmantl/

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adj. Willing to please others; obliging; inclined to show deference

The corporate media as the complaisant handmaiden of the elite are obliged to cover up the truth. 

complaisant
/kəmˈplāsənt/

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v.
1. Disembowel (a person or animal)
2. Deprive (something) of its essential content
3. Remove the contents of (a body organ)

1. the goat had been skinned and neatly eviscerated
2. myriad little concessions that would eviscerate the project; Putin is using KGB tactics to eviscerate any semblance of democracy in Russia.

 

eviscerate
/iˈvisəˌrāt/

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(idiom) [for bits of something] to break away from the whole gradually or from natural causes.

When cooked slowly in the oven the meat will flake away from the bone; Bits of the steps flaked away from years of constant use.

flake away (from sth)

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adj.
1. (of cloth, clothing, or soft furnishings) Becoming thin and tattered (torn, ruined) with age; frayed
2. Poor or shabby in appearance
3. Overused to the point of being worn out; hackneyed

1. shabby rooms with threadbare carpets
2. the song was a tissue of threadbare clichés
3. threadbare excuses; a threadbare argument

threadbare
/ˈTHredˌber/

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n.
1. A varied mixture of people or things; a miscellany
2. A collection of songs performed as a continuous piece
3. A swimming race in different strokes, either individually or in relay teams
adj. Mixed; motley

n. 1. an interesting medley of flavors; 2. a medley of Beatles songs; Sunday's final day of swimming in the 400 medley relay.
adj. a medley range of vague and variable impressions

 

medley
/ˈmedlē/

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adj. Incongruously varied in appearance or character; disparate
n. 1. An incongruous mixture; 2. the particolored costume of a jester

adj. Most Ivy League freshman classes are chosen from a motley collection of constituencies
n. 1. a motley of interacting interest groups; 2. life-size mannequins in full motley

motley
/ˈmätlē/

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n.
1. A group or collection of different items; a mixture
2. A book containing a collection of pieces of writing by different authors

1. Its contents are a miscellany of mathematical games, puzzles, stories and factoids.
2. The book is a parchment manuscript of the end of the tenth century, containing a miscellany, or florilegium (col. of literary excerpts), of religious texts

 

 

miscellany
/ˈmisəˌlānē/ 

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adj.
1. Secret or hidden; not openly acknowledged or displayed; surreptitious
2. Covered or covered over; sheltered.
3. (of a woman) Married and under the authority and protection of her husband
n.
1. A shelter or hiding place
2. A thicket in which game can hide

CIA's covert operations against the dictatorship

 

 

covert
/ˈkəvərt/

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v. Strongly encourage or urge (someone) to do something

the media have been exhorting people to turn out for the demonstration.

exhort
/igˈzôrt/

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v.
1. Shock or excite (someone), typically into taking actionl spur
2. Coat (iron or steel) with a protective layer of zinc

1. We have a huge innovation challenge but there's no Sputnik moment to galvanize us.; The wake-up call helped galvanize a fresh approach to supercomputing.
2. an old galvanized bucket

galvanize
/ˈgalvəˌnīz/

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v. Cease to resist an opponent or an unwelcome demand; surrender

“if you’re more up on Lindsay Lohan gossip than I am, perhaps I capitulate to you and concede that your Lindsay Lohan forecast is better”

capitulate
/kəˈpiCHəˌlāt/

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n. a person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning

“Justin Wolfers, a fast-talking, ponytailed polymath who is among America’s best young economists”

polymath
/ˈpäliˌmaTH/ 

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v. Divide into two parts; Divide (a line, angle, shape, etc.) into two equal parts

In others, wide new streets are bisected by green gardens and a single house.

bisect
/ˈbīˌsekt/

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adj. (of a person's hair, clothes, or appearance) Untidy; disordered

In some cases metropolitan street corners are abruptly interrupted by the disheveled remains of a home.

disheveled
/diˈSHevəld/

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v.
1. Bend one's head or body forward and downward; 駝背
2. Lower one's moral standards so far as to do something reprehensible
3. (of a bird of prey) Swoop down on a quarry

1. I think the world must be low, for people who keep themselves constantly before it do a great deal of stooping!
2.
she was unwilling to believe that anyone could stoop so low as to steal from a dead woman

 

 

stoop
/sto͞op/

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a) A complaint, esp. a trivial one
b) The state or quality of being holy, sacred, or saintly

As this charming gripe from a diary entry during the same visit indicates, she was also a budding book design critic and indignant defender of literature’s sanctity.

gripe /grīp/
sanctity /ˈsaNG(k)titē/

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a) To cut or chop with rough or heavy blows

b) n. a course file for scraping objects of hard material; A harsh, grating noise. v. scrap with a rasp; (sth rough) scrape esp. skin in a painful or unpleasant way; make hard, grating noise.

c) Eat or drink (something) greedily

The chuckles become hacking little rasps, and she guzzles more herbal tea.

 

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hacking
rasp
guzzle

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adj. Of or connected with the eyes or vision

I just wanted to study how to portray clairvoyance, and I finally took an ocular approach.

ocular
/ˈäkyələr/

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v. adv.
1. to make (a supply) last, esp by frugal use
2. to support (existence) with difficulty and effort
3. obtain or create, but just barely

1. the remains of yesterday's stew could be eked out to make another meal
2. Then they eked it out for years after the war in displaced-persons camps in Germany
3. he eked out an income with evening work; Tennessee eked out a 74–73 overtime victory

 

 

eke out

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adj. Possessing or showing courage or determination

yes, she's demented; yes, she has a painful inner life; but it's a valiant portrait of maternity.

valiant
/ˈvalyənt/

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adj.
1. emitting light as a result of being heated
2. extremely angry
3. of outstanding and exciting quality; brilliant

1. At the center of its cold, beautiful and half-dead world is the almost incandescent Lindsay Lohan, burning like a flawed diamond; plumes of incandescent liquid rock.
2. she was incandescent at the way the IRS acted
3. Mravinsky's incandescent performance of Siegfried's Funeral March

 

 

incandescent
/ˌinkənˈdesənt/

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adj. Having an irritatingly strong and unpleasant taste or smell

Squeeze lemon juice on red onion to soften that acrid burn.

acrid
/ˈakrid/

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v. Lead (an attack or movement); To be the leader of (a movement, for example)

WME is spearheading the pitching, which just wrapped, with Brooklyn Weaver, who discovered Fisher.

spearhead
/ˈspi(ə)rˌhed/

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Fig. to behave or to do something in a way that someone else would.

it may sound like she [christina hendricks] is taking a page out of 1950s, but the buxom redhead explained that she "finally understands" her character.

take a page out (from so's book)

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(of a woman) Plump (having a full rounded shape), esp. with large breasts

it may sound like she [christina hendricks] is taking a page out of 1950s, but the buxom redhead explained that she "finally understands" her character.

buxom
/ˈbəksəm/

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n.
1. The listed details in a newspaper or magazine referring to ownership, advertising rates, etc.
2. The highest part of a ship's mast or of the lower section of a mast

I'm not adding you to the masthead. I'm restoring faith to our clients.

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masthead
/ˈmastˌhed/

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a) 1. (of a bird) Straighten and clean its feathers with its beak; 2. (of a person) Devote effort to making oneself look attractive and then admire one's appearance
b) A bird's feathers collectively

Blake lively preens in plumage for Elle china.

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preen /prēn/
plumage /ˈplo͞omij/

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n. A person who organizes and often finances concerts, plays, or operas;  The manager of a musical, theatrical, or operatic company

Coco is introduced to Igor Stravinsky by Diaghilev, impresario of the Ballets Russes. 

impresario
/ˌimprəˈsärēˌō/ 

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n.
1. A collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition
2. A strange or diverse collection of people or things

1. A menagerie of birds.
2. Paperhand Puppet Intervention is best known for its vast menagerie of puppets.

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menagerie
/məˈnajərē/ 

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n. A large mass of snow, leaves, or other material piled up or carried along by the wind

Eve, a catahoula leopard dog mux, was found by a postman on Christmas eve, nearly frozen in a snow drift.

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drift
/drift/

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n. A metal pan with an outer pan of hot water, used for keeping food warm

We could put the chafing dish that they gave us for the buffet in the middle.

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chafing dish

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a) A metal frame confining fuel in a fireplace or furnace
b) A portable heater consisting of a pan or stand for holding lighted coals

A chafing dish is a kind of portable grate raised on a tripod, originally heated with charcoal in a brazier, and used for foods that require gentle cooking away from direct flames.

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grate /grāt/
brazier /ˈbrāZHər/

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v.
1. Disorder or disarrange (someone's hair), typically by running one's hands through it
2. (of a bird) Erect (its feathers) in anger or display
3. Disturb the smoothness or tranquility of
4. Disconcert or upset the composure of (someone)

1. he ruffled her hair affectionately
2. the evening breeze ruffled the surface of the pond in the yard

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ruffle
/ˈrəfəl/

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v.

1. to bring out and display someone or something.
2. Fig. to mention something regularly or habitually, without giving it much thought.

1. After dinner, Greg essentially trotted Joan out like a “dancing bear”and had her play accordion for the guests.
2. Bob always trots out the same excuses for being late.

 

 

trot sth/so out

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adj. Having fallen in social status

it would have been wholly unacceptable for her to play anything as déclassé and ethnically-obvious as a polka

déclassé
/ˌdākläˈsā/

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n. The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage; force of character

As iconic as a ’64 Mustang, Hendricks’ distinctive lines and decided moxie have made her a viewer favorite.

moxie
/ˈmäksē/