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STEP 1 2010-2 1-10

英検1級 3

fluctuate to change level, strength, or value frequently His popularity has fluctuated during his term in office.
forage of an animal : to eat growing grass or other plants The cows were foraging in the pasture.
shear to cut the hair, wool, etc., off (an animal) The farmers sheared the wool from the sheep.
anoint to put oil on (someone) as part of a religious ceremony; to officially or formally choose (someone) to do or to be something The magazine anointed her the most popular actress of the year.
usurp to take and keep (something, such as power) in a forceful or violent way and especially without the right to do so Some people have accused city council members of trying to usurp the mayor's power.
flaunt to show (something) in a very open way so that other people will notice She liked to flaunt her wealth by wearing furs and jewelry.
blunder to move in an awkward or confused way; to make a stupid or careless mistake We blundered along through the woods until we finally found the trail.
insignia a badge or sign which shows that a person is a member of a particular group or has a particular rank
engender to cause to exist or to develop : produce The issue has engendered a considerable amount of debate.
exonerate to relieve of a responsibility, obligation, or hardship: to clear from accusation or blame Her attorney claims that this new evidence will exonerate the defendant completely.
impeach to bring an accusation against: to charge with a crime or misdemeanor; specifically Congress will vote on whether or not to impeach the President.
pamper to treat with extreme or excessive care and attention She pampered herself with a day at the spa.
consort conjunction, association: group, assembly He ruled in consort with his father.
menace a show of intention to inflict harm : threat She could hear the menace in his voice.
quirk an unusual habit or way of behaving: something strange that happens by chance Wearing red shoes every day is just one of her quirks
grievance a cause of distress (as an unsatisfactory working condition) felt to afford reason for complaint or resistance In the petition, the students listed their many grievances against the university administration.
conciliate to gain (as goodwill) by pleasing acts: to make compatible : reconc The company's attempts to conciliate the strikers have failed.
devious wandering, roundabout : moving without a fixed course He took us by a devious route to the center of the city.
apathetic having or showing little or no feeling or emotion : spiritless
provident careful about planning for the future and saving money for the future Her provident measures kept us safe while we waited out the hurricane
gloat to show in an improper or selfish way that you are happy with your own success or another person's failure After such a tough campaign, they're gloating over their victory in the election.
hobble to walk with difficulty because of injury or weakness She is sometimes hobbled by self-doubt.
immaculate perfectly clean: having no flaw or error Somehow managed to keep the white carpet immaculate
inanity vapid, pointless, or fatuous character The jaw-dropping inanity of the singer's comments on the awards show
luminary a very famous or successful person
reprisal something that is done to hurt or punish someone who has hurt you or done something bad to you The allies threatened economic reprisals against the invading country.
disparage to describe (someone or something) as unimportant, weak, bad, etc. The article disparaged polo as a game for the wealthy.
Created by: na235
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