List of Vocabulary for Unit Literature, страница 2

Hustle and bustle - a large amount of noisy surrounding. He moved to his parents' farm to have a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city

Sheer /SHi(ə)r/ - nothing other than; unmitigated (used for emphasis): Marriage is such sheer hard work.

Beguiling /biˈgīl/ - charm or enchant (someone), sometimes in a deceptive way: every prominent American artist has been beguiled by Maine.

Vacuous /ˈvakyəwəs/ - having or showing a lack of thought or intelligence: a vacuous motto.

Aloof  /əˈlo͞of/ - not friendly or forthcoming; cool and distant: they were courteous but faintly aloof.

Conceited /kənˈsētid/ - excessively proud of oneself; vain; Parents were conceited due to my profession.

Conscientious /ˌkänCHēˈenCHəs/ - wishing to do what is right, especially to do one’s work or duty well and thoroughly: a conscientious and hardworking clerk.

Gullible /ˈgələbəl/ - easily persuaded to believe something; credulous: an attempt to persuade a gullible public to spend their money.

Disreputable /dɪsˈrɛpjʊtəb(ə)l/ - not considered to be respectable in character or appearance: he was heavy, grubby, and vaguely disreputable.

Gleam /gliːm/ - shine brightly, especially with reflected light: her eyes gleamed with satisfaction.

Glaze /gleɪz/ - lose brightness and animation: the prospect makes my eyes glaze over with boredom.

Naïve /nīˈēv/ - (of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment: the rather naive young man had been totally misled.

Modest /ˈmädəst/ - unassuming or moderate in the estimation of one’s abilities or achievements: he was a very modest man, refusing to take any credit for the enterprise

Humble /ˈhəmbəl/ - having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance: he was humble about his stature as one of rock history’s most influential guitarists

Approachable  /əˈprōCHəbəl/- friendly and easy to talk to: managers should be approachable

Scornful /ˈskôrnfəl/ - feeling or expressing contempt or derision: the justices have been scornful of the government’s conductscornful laughter

Disdainful - showing contempt or lack of respect: with a last disdainful look, she turned toward the door.

Page-turner –an exciting book: the last masterpiece I’ve read was a page-turner.

Lugubrious /ləˈg(y)o͞obrēəs/ - looking or sounding sad and dismal.

Compelling tale /kəmˈpeliNG/ - not able to be refuted; inspiring conviction.

Poignant chronicle /ˈpoinyənt/ - a moving and sad description of a sequence of events.

Extract  /ikˈstrakt/- remove or take out, especially by effort or force: the decayed tooth will have to be extracted.

Blurb  /blərb/ - a short description of a book, movie, or other product written for promotional purposes and appearing on the cover of a book or in an advertisement.

Logbook  /ˈlɒgbʊk/ - a book that records event or times by a ship.

Obstinate /ˈɒbstɪnət/- stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or chosen course of action, despite attempts to persuade one to do so: Her obstinate determination to pursue a career in radio.

Pig-headed - stupidly obstinate. I was too pig-headed to listen.

Unscrupulous /ʌnˈskruːpjʊləs/- having or showing no moral principles; not honest or fair. Unscrupulous landlords might be tempted to harass existing tenants.

Assertive ˈːtɪv/- having or showing a confident and forceful personality. The job may call for assertive behaviour.

Determined /dɪˈːmɪnd/- having made a firm decision and being resolved not to change it. Alina was determined to be heard.

Assertive ˈːtɪv/- having or showing a confident and forceful personality. The job may call for assertive behavior.