IELTS TOEFL Words of the Day

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He became involved in missionary work in Africa at a very young age and at times stirred controversy.

missionary   Speak
n.  a person sent on a religious mission, especially one sent to promote Christianity in a foreign country

at times   Speak
ad.  at intervals: occasionally, from time to time

stir   Speak
v.  call forth, provoke, rouse to activity
Added on: 2019-12-07
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in the wake of   Speak
ad. happening after an event or as a result of it
smear   Speak
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   Speak
n. a worker, especially a skilled one in a manufacturing industry
blow cover   Speak
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   Speak
v. cause continual trouble or distress to
categorical   Speak
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.
holocaust   Speak
n. destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, especially caused by fire or nuclear war
nudity   Speak
n. the state or fact of being naked
sequence   Speak
n. a part of a film dealing with one particular event or topic
ABC's standards and practices division agreed to an unprecedented waiver allowing frontal nudity during the lengthy holocaust sequences.
pretense   Speak
n. an attempt to make something that is not the case appear true
venue   Speak
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   Speak
a. with no illusions or pretensions; practical and realistic
tarmac   Speak
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.
vibrant   Speak
a. full of energy and enthusiasm
scattershot   Speak
a. broadly and often randomly inclusive
hit   Speak
n. a great success
That is an actual line of dialogue from the movie, a vibrant but scattershot sequel to a 2014 hit.
gastronomy   Speak
n. practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food
paraglide   Speak
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   Speak
v. support or strengthen; prop up
nurture   Speak
v. further the development of
They were seeking evidence that might bolster a conspiracy theory long nurtured by President Trump.
sensationalize   Speak
v. present information about (something) in a way that provokes public interest and excitement  
mitigate    Speak
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   Speak
n. action or fact of reducing or restricting something
timber   Speak
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   Speak
n. an unpleasant or disastrous destiny
none the less   Speak
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.
dog   Speak
v. follow (someone or their movements) closely and persistently
scuffle   Speak
n. an unceremonious and disorganized struggle
confederate   Speak
n. a person one works with, especially in something secret or illegal
There he was dogged by his confederate, who held Beppo responsible for the loss of the pearl, and he stabbed him in the scuffle.
pitch black   Speak
a. completely dark; as black as pitch