200 Difficult Words - Group 2

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sanguine
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/'sæŋgwɪn/ a. Syn. cheerful; hopeful; ruddy
(сангвиники) cheerfully confident; optimistic; of healthy reddish color; ruddy
Let us not be too sanguine about the outcome; something could go wrong.
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scurrilous
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/'skʌrɪləs/ n. Syn. obscene; indecent
(непристойный) obscene; indecent; expressing offensive reproach
Your scurrilous remarks are especially offensive because they are untrue.
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serendipity
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/sɛrən'dɪpɪtɪ/ n.
(Serendipity) gift for finding valuable or desirable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck
Many scientific discoveries are a matter of serendipity.
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servile
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/'sɜrvaɪl/;/'sɛrvl/ a. Syn. slavish; cringing
(рабской) slavish; suitable to slave or servant; relating to servitude or forced labor
Constantly fawning on his employer, humble Uriah Heap was a servile creature.
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solicitous
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/sə'lɪsɪtəs/ a. Syn. worried; concerned
(заботливым) worried or concerned; full of desire; expressing care or concern
The employer was very solicitous about the health of her employees as replacements were difficult to get.
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somnolent
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/'sɒmnələnt/ a.
(сонный) half asleep; inclined to drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
The heavy meal and the overheated room made us all somnolent and indifferent to the speaker.
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spurious
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/'spjʊərɪəs/ a. Syn. false; counterfeit; forged; illogical
(ложных) false; counterfeit; forged; illogical
Natasha's claim to be the lost heir of the Romanoffs was spurious: the only thing Russian about her was the vodka she drank!.
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staid
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/steɪd/ a. Syn. serious; sedate
(степенный) sober; serious, organized, and professional; characterized by dignity and propriety
Her conduct during the funeral ceremony was staid and solemn.
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stolid
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/'stɒlɪd/ a. Syn. dull; impassive
(флегматичный) dull; impassive; having or revealing little emotion or sensibility
The earthquake shattered Stuart's usual stolid demeanor; trembling, he crouched on the no longer stable ground.
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stupefy
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/'stju:pɪfaɪ/;/'stu:-/ v.
(одурманивают) make senseless or dizzy; be mystery or bewildering to
Disapproving of drugs in general, Laura refused to take sleeping pills or any other medicine that might stupefy her.
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surfeit
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/'sɜrfɪt/ v.
(избыток) eat until excessively full; be more than full; feed someone to excess
Every Thanksgiving we surfeit with an overabundance of holiday treats.
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surmise
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/sə'maɪz/ v. Syn. guess
(догадка) guess; infer something without sufficiently conclusive evidence
I surmise that he will be late for this meeting because of the traffic issue.
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surreptitious
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/sʌrəp'tɪʃəs/ a. Syn. secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden
(тайный) secret; done or made by stealth, or without proper authority; made or introduced fraudulently
Hoping to discover where his mom had hidden the Christmas presents, Timmy took a surreptitious peek into the master bedroom closet.
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sycophant
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/'sɪkəfænt/ n. Syn. bootlicker; flatterer
(подхалим) one who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people; bootlicker; yes man
Fed up with the toadies and flunkies who made up his entourage, the star cried, "Get out, all of you! I'm sick of sycophant!"
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tacit
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/'tæsɪt/ a.
(молчаливого) indicated or understood without expressed directly; not speaking; silent
We have a tacit agreement based on only a handshake.
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taciturn
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/'tæsɪtə:n/ a. Syn. silent
(молчаливый) silent or reserved in speech; saying little; not inclined to speak or converse
The stereotypical cowboy is a taciturn soul, answering lengthy questions with a "Yep" or "Nope.".
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tantamount
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/'tæntəmaʊnt/ a.
(равносильно) equivalent in effect or value
Though Rudy claimed his wife was off visiting friends, his shriek of horror when she walked into the room was tantamount to a confession that he believed she was dead.
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temerity
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/tɪ'mɛrɪtɪ/ n. Syn. boldness; rashness
(дерзость) boldness; rashness; foolhardy disregard of danger
Do you have the temerity to argue with me?.
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tenuous
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/'tɛnjʊəs/ a. Syn. thin; rare; slim
(разреженной) long and thin; slender; having little substance
The allegiance of our allies is held by rather tenuous ties; we all should see it's in dangerous.
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timorous
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/'tɪmərəs/ a. Syn. fearful
(боязливый) fearful; demonstrating fear; weakly hesitant
His timorous manner betrayed the fear he felt at the moment.
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