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1

bold

not frightened of danger (brave):

She was a bold and fearless climber.
The newspaper made the bold move/took the bold step of publishing the names of the men involved.

2

audacious

showing a willingness to take risks or offend people (brave, courageous):

He described the plan as ambitious and audacious.
an audacious remark/suggestion

3

courageous

having or showing courage (brave):

It was a courageous decision to resign in protest at the company's pollution record.
It was courageous of her to challenge the managing director's decision.

4

dauntless

showing determination and no fear (strong-willed):

In spite of the scale of the famine, the relief workers struggled on with dauntless optimism.

5

banal

boring, ordinary, and not original (tedious, uninspiring):

He just sat there making banal remarks all evening.
banal pop songs

6

fatuous

stupid, not correct, or not carefully thought about (stupid, silly):

a fatuous idea

7

hackneyed

A hackneyed phrase or idea has been said or used so often that it has become boring and has no meaning (tedious, uninspiring):

The plot of the film is just a hackneyed boy-meets-girl scenario.

8

insipid

not having a strong taste or character, or having no interest or energy (tedious, uninspiring):

a pale insipid wine
He's an insipid old bore.
Why anyone buys music with such insipid lyrics is a mystery.

9

pedestrian

1. not interesting; showing very little imagination (plodding):

Her books, with few exceptions, are workmanlike but pedestrian.
His speech was long and pedestrian.

2. пешеход

10

platitude

a remark or statement that may be true but is boring and has no meaning because it has been said so many times before (bromide, commonplace):

He doesn't mouth platitudes about it not mattering who scores as long as the team wins.

11

prosaic

without interest, imagination, and excitement (tedious, uninspiring):

If only she'd been called Camilla or Flavia instead of the prosaic Jane.
He asked if I'd got my black eye in a fight - I told him the prosaic truth that I'd banged my head on a door.

12

quotidian

ordinary (standard, routine):

Television has become part of our quotidian existence.

13

trite

expressed too often to be interesting or seem sincere (banal, hackneyed, commonplace):

His lyrics about love and peace are too trite for me to take them seriously.
I know it will sound trite, but I've loved being part of this club.

14

carousal

попойка, пирушка, пьянка

15

bacchanalian

(especially of a party) involving a lot of drinking of alcohol, uncontrolled behaviour, and possibly sexual activity (celebrating, entertaining):

a bacchanalian orgy

16

debauchery

bad sexual behaviour, drinking too much alcohol, taking drugs, etc. (morally wrong, evil):

a life of debauchery

17

depraved

morally bad or evil:

a depraved character/mind
Someone who can kill a child like that must be totally depraved.

18

iniquity

a very wrong and unfair action or situation:

They fought long and hard against the iniquities of apartheid.
The writer reflects on human injustice and iniquity.

19

libertine

a person, usually a man, who lives in a way that is not moral, having sexual relationships with many people

20

libidinous

having or showing strong sexual desires

21

licentious

(especially of a person or their behaviour) sexual in an uncontrolled and socially unacceptable way

22

reprobate

a person of bad character and habits:

Every time I see you, you're drunk, you old reprobate!

23

ribald

Ribald language refers to sex in a rude but humorous way (непристойный):

He entertained us with ribald stories.

24

salacious

causing or showing a strong interest in sexual matters:

a salacious book/joke/comment

25

sordid

dirty and unpleasant:

There are lots of really sordid apartments in the city's poorer areas.

26

turpitude

evil (низость, порочность):

acts/crimes of moral turpitude

27

capricious

changing mood or behaviour suddenly and unexpectedly:

a capricious child
He was a cruel and capricious tyrant.

28

mercurial

1. literary changing suddenly and often:

a mercurial temperament
She was entertaining but unpredictable, with mercurial mood swings.

2. literary intelligent, enthusiastic, and quick:

a mercurial mind/wit

29

volatile

1. likely to change suddenly and unexpectedly, especially by getting worse:

Food and fuel prices are very volatile in a war situation.
The situation was made more volatile by the fact that people had been drinking a lot of alcohol.

2. likely to change emotional state very suddenly, especially by becoming angry:

He had a volatile temper and couldn't have been easy to live with.
She is volatile and unreliable.

30

counterpart

a person or thing that has the same purpose as another one in a different place or organization:

The prime minister is to meet his European counterparts to discuss the war against drugs.