in the wake of ad. happening after an event or as a result of itsmear v. coat or mark something messily or carelessly with a greasy or sticky substance
In the wake of his allegations, the police claimed Wang had been found guilty of fraud, who had become a tool for the west to smear his homeland.
operative n. a worker, especially a skilled one in a manufacturing industryblow cover v. expose true identity or motives after they had been intentionally
The spy is believed to be the first operative from the country to blow his cover in five years.
plague v. cause continual trouble or distress tocategorical a. unambiguously explicit and direct
About the claim that plagued the palace, there was a categorical denial, alongside a string of reasons why her story did not add up.
pretense n. an attempt to make something that is not the case appear truevenue n. place where something happens, especially an organized big event
The house was booked under a pretense for a small group, before being published on Instagram as the venue for a Halloween party.
down to earth a. with no illusions or pretensions; practical and realistictarmac n. an area of ground covered with a hard surface, esp. the areas where planes land and take off
After running the roads with him for years I can confirm he is a gentle giant and a down to earth man who lives and breaths trucking and tarmac.
gastronomy n. practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good foodparaglide n. recreational sport of soaring from a slope or a cliff using a modified parachute
Tourists were looking for a product, either active holidays such as paragliding and diving, or more leisure-based breaks involving nature and gastronomy tourism.
bolster v. support or strengthen; prop upnurture v. further the development of
They were seeking evidence that might bolster a conspiracy theory long nurtured by President Trump.
sensationalize v. present information about (something) in a way that provokes public interest and excitement mitigate v. make less severe, serious, or painful
The police will not release the videos in an effort not to sensationalize the men's actions and to mitigate the potential of other individuals being inspired.
curtailment n. action or fact of reducing or restricting somethingtimber n. wood prepared for use in building and carpentry
Companies have announced shutdowns or curtailments in more than two dozen timber mills in the province.
doom n. an unpleasant or disastrous destinynone the less ad. in spite of that; nevertheless
I fancy that he made a miscalculation, and if we had not been there, his doom would none the less have been sealed.
pitch black a. completely dark; as black as pitch