Monday, May 29, 2006

ENG words

esoteric \es-uh-TAIR-ik\ adjective
*1 : designed for or understood by a small number of people; broadly: difficult to understand
2 : private, confidential

Example sentence:
Computer programming was once an esoteric subject, but beginner courses and how-to books have made it easier to grasp.

  • exoteric 能理解的
adduce \uh-DOOSS\ verb
: to offer as example, reason, or proof in discussion or analysis

Example sentence:
"Leon has made some pretty strong accusations here tonight," said Tim, "but he has adduced no convincing evidence in support of them."
  • accusation n. 指控
  • accuse v. 指控
mordant \MOR-dunt\ adjective
*1 : biting and caustic in thought, manner, or style : incisive
2 : burning, pungent
  • biting 尖銳刺人的、嘲諷的
  • incisive 尖刻鋒利的
  • pungent (氣味)有刺激性的、尖刻的
Example sentence:
As the guest of honor at the charity roast, Jacob good-naturedly received the mordant remarks directed at him by his friends, family, and colleagues.
  • roast [美式]野外烤肉聚會

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