capable of being understood
His diaries include passages that are barely intelligible.
not temperate: such as
an intemperate [=extremely hot/cold] climate/zone
to become stronger or more extreme : to become more intense
We could hear the wind howling outside as the storm intensified.
1:a usually short simple play or dramatic entertainment
2:an intervening or interruptive period, space, or event :INTERVAL
3:a musical composition inserted between the parts of a longer composition, a drama, or a religious service
He has resumed his acting career after a two-year interlude.
having or seeming to have no end : continuing for a very long time
an interminable war
starting, stopping, and starting again : not constant or steady
The patient was having intermittent pains in his side.
1:to occur, fall, or come between points of time or events 2:to enter or appear as an irrelevant or extraneous feature or circumstance
v. 插入, 干涉, 调停
Twenty years intervened between their first and last meetings.
The program is able to run without intervention by the user.
frighten or overawe (someone), especially in order to make them do what one wants
You shouldn't allow his reputation to intimidate you.
1 causing fear; 2 harsh and threatening in manner or appearance
He is one of the most intimidating men I have ever met.
not easily managed, controlled, or solved
an intractable mystery/question
the quality or state of being intransigent
He has remained intransigent in his opposition to the proposal.
feeling no fear:very bold or brave
an intrepid explorer
the quality or state of being complex or having many parts : the quality or state of being intricate
She admired the composition for its beauty and intricacy.
to arouse the interest, desire, or curiosity of
She was intrigued with/by what he had to say.
an intriguing idea/person/question
the process of examining your own thoughts or feelings
a moment of quiet introspection
1:opposite in order, nature, or effect 2:being an inverse function
adj. 倒转的; 反向的; 反逆的
The study indicates an inverse relationship between the unemployment rate and inflation.
the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really think especially in order to be funny
n. 反语; 讽刺，冷嘲; 具有讽刺意味的事
“What a beautiful view,” he said, his voice dripping with irony, as he looked out the window at the alley.
not able to be proved wrong : not capable of being refuted
There is irrefutable evidence that he committed these crimes.
having or showing a lack of respect for someone or something that is usually treated with respect : treating someone or something in a way that is not serious or respectful
He has a delightfully irreverent sense of humor. irreverent portrayals of nuns
always used before a noun : traveling from place to place : staying in a place for only a short amount of time
an itinerant preacher/lecturer/performer
a jocular man who could make the most serious people smile
disturb (someone's) composure
He was jolted forward when the bus stopped suddenly.
to provide or be a good reason for (something) : to prove or show (something) to be just, right, or reasonable
he was being pressured unfairly by his boss. The fact that we are at war does not justify
a small problem in a plan, system etc
n. (绳, 头发等的纽)结
I woke up on the bus with a kink [=crick] in my neck.
the state of being related to the people in your family
n. [法] 亲属关系，家属关系;亲密关系
He feels a strong kinship with other survivors of the war.
an ability, talent, or special skill needed to do sth
They have a knack for telling interesting stories.
requiring a lot of time and effort
Removing mildew stains is a laborious [=difficult, painstaking] task.
something that is extremely complicated or difficult to understand
He found it difficult to follow the movie's labyrinthine [=elaborate, intricate] plot.
She lamented over the loss of her best friend.
tie, bind; beat violently, whip
The sailor was lashed for disobeying the captain. [no obj]
expressing or containing praise
The play received mostly laudatory reviews.
always used before a noun : told about in a legend
legendary creatures from the sea
a law or set of laws made by a government
They passed new state legislation this week.
permitted by law
a legitimate [=legal, lawful] heir/government/business
to make legal
1 exerting a soothing or easing influence, relieving pain or stress 2.not harsh, severe, or strict
Many people felt that the punishment was too lenient.
an amount of money that must be paid and that is collected by a government or other authority
The government imposed a levy [=tax] on gasoline.
causing or intended to cause unjust injury to a person's good name
a libelous magazine article
The investigation blew the lid off corruption in city hall.
weary, exhausted b : lacking in strength, vigor, or firmness : spiritless
adj. 柔软的 ,无力的
He gave me a very limp handshake.
too ready or eager to sue someone or something in a court of law : tending or likely to engage in lawsuits
a very litigious group of people
He wore loafers with no socks.
longevity the length of time that something or someone lasts or continuesn. 长寿，长命;寿命The members of that family are famous for their longevity.
very clear and easy to understand
The patient has remained lucid
full of sadness or sorrow : very sad especially in an exaggerated or insincere way
a comic actor known for his lugubrious manner
a luminescent watch dial
having lumps:full of lumps
lumpy mashed potatoes
1 extremely disturbing or repellent; 2 lacking a healthy skin color; 3 arousing a strong and usually superficial interest or emotional reaction
a lurid tale of violence and betrayal
1 covered with a thick, healthy natural growth; 2 growing thickly and vigorously; 3 producing abundantly; 4 showing obvious signs of wealth and comfort
a luxuriant gray beard
very comfortable and expensive : richly appealing
a luxurious apartment/restaurant
having or showing a desire to cause harm to another person
Her reputation has been hurt by malevolent
to officially demand or require (something)
The law mandates that every car have seat belts.
to make (something, such as a lawn or a garden) look neat, smooth, and attractive
She manicured her nails.
a visible representation of something abstract (as a quality)
The first manifestations of her behavior problems occurred soon after she left home.
I objected to the manner in which the decision was made.
to put or keep (someone) in a powerless or unimportant position within a society or group
We are protesting policies that marginalize women.
almost not : barelyad
This book is marginally more interesting than the others.
a puppet that is moved by pulling strings or wires that are attached to its body
a type of animal that was related to the mammoth and that lived in ancient times
n. [古生] 乳齿象;庞然大物
showing or expressing too much emotion especially in a foolish or annoying way
He became maudlin and started crying like a child.
land in or predominantly in grass
The path meanders through the garden.
to work with opposing sides in an argument or dispute in order to get an agreement
He has been appointed by the government to mediate (in the dispute) between the company and the striking workers.
relating to or belonging to the Middle Ages
They're using a computer system that seems positively medieval by today's standards.
the quality or state of being mediocre
We were disappointed by the mediocrity of the wine.
emotional in a way that is very extreme or exaggerated
a melodramatic movie/story/script
the accidental melting of the core of a nuclear reactor; a rapid or disastrous decline or collapse
After a long day at the beach, our toddler had a major meltdown in the car on the way home.
to make a show of intention to harm
Those dogs are a menace.
to threaten harm to (someone or something)
He gave her a menacing look.
lack of honesty : the condition of being mendacious
The people learned of their government's mendacity
laughter and enjoyment
Their house was always filled with merriment.
vt. 给...施行催眠术, 迷惑; 吸引
The crowd was mesmerized by the acrobats.