Tag: collocations

Nov
02
2016

emphatic

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ihm fae tihk

adjective
1.  expressed, performed, or uttered with emphasis.
This was the most emphatic statement in the President’s speech.
His answer was an emphatic “no!”
She pounded her fist in an emphatic gesture.

2.  forceful, determined, or insistent in speech or action.
Her response to the request was an emphatic refusal.

3.  clearly delineated; bold in outline.
Their horse came out the emphatic winner of the race.
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Oct
31
2016

eerie

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i ri

adjective
mysterious and frightening; weird.
Eerie laughter was coming from the rooms upstairs.
We witnessed an eerie light in the sky.
She suddenly had an eerie feeling that she was not alone in the room.

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Oct
20
2016

hostility

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ha stI l@ ti

noun
1.  the state of being unfriendly or antagonistic.
The neighbors had had a bitter argument at one time and still felt some hostility toward each other.

2.  resistance or opposition.
The teachers’ initial hostility toward the new testing program was not surprising.

3.  (plural) overt acts of war.
Hostilities continued between the two nations until a peace treaty was finally signed in 1923.
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Sep
20
2016

abolition

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ae b@ lI sh@n

noun
1.  the act of abolishing or state of being abolished
In his speeches, he called for the abolition of slavery.

2.  (cap.) the end of slavery in the United States.
After Abolition in 1865, many former slaves moved to the North.
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Sep
19
2016

pact

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paekt

noun
1.  an agreement, esp. a sworn promise.
My friend and I made a pact never to tell what we saw that day.

2.  a formal compact or set of accords between or among nations; treaty.
Nazi Germany had signed a non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union, but it violated that pact when it invaded the Soviet Union in 1941.
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