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101.unprecedented adj. 史无前例的

In an unprecedented move, Zedillo chose a member of the opposition party as Attorney General.(TIME, May 29, 1995, p.40)


 102.urgent adj. 紧急的


All this suggests that sumo, the institution, is in urgent need of its of its own purification.(TIME, Sept.30, 1996, p.28)


103.venerable adj. 受人尊敬的

You could almost say this venerable institution with its great credibility and history has been infiltrated slowly by the type of people it was not intended to deal with.(TIME, Dec.12, 1994, p.64)


注:infiltrate v. 使渗入,渗透

104.vigorous adj. 精力旺盛的,充满活力的


Its a signal as well that the U.S. economy may be starting to slacken after one of its most vigorous years in a decade. (TIME, Feb.6, 1995, p.49)


注: slacken v. 减缓,减弱

105.volatile adj. 善变的


When properly combined, three volatile elements generate American celebrity: the media, the public and the spinmeisters who manipulate them. (TIME, June 26, 1995, p.30)


注: spinmeister n. spinmeister的复合字。spin指(对某著作、政策、形式或事件)给予新的解读或扭曲(以营造对作者或政治人物有利的局面,如良好的公众形象);meister是德文,同英文的master(高手、能手)。两个字合起来就是指善于利用媒体以塑造良好公众形象的人,类似spin doctor(指党对媒体的发言人,替政治人物等处理媒体问题的顾问)。



 106.voluntary adj. 志愿的,自愿的


It has been 16 months since Australias Northern Territory became the first place in the world to legalize voluntary euthanasia. (TIME, Oct.7, 1996, p.39)


107.vulnerable  adj. 易受伤的,脆弱的

The long time lag between the weaponsarrival and the Bosnianstraining would leave them extremely vulnerable to snap Serb offensives… (TIME, Oct.10, 1994, p.44


注: lag n. (时间之间的)空挡

108.abandon  v. 抛弃

【同】give up【反】stay with

Zhu (Ming-jiang) was forced as a teenager to abandon his education and, like tens of thousands of other intellectual young Chinese during the 1960s and 70s, was sent to the countryside to bere-educatedby peasant


109.abolish v. 废除

Man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.


110.abuse v.&n. 滥用;虐待

The term is much abused lately: in its strictest sense, virtual reality means creating an artificial environment so convincing it cant be distinguished from the real thing