*1 : designed for or understood by a small number of people; broadly: difficult to understand
2 : private, confidential
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
"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
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