2016年3月21日 星期一

dour, bunch, Eeyorish, vociferous denunciation, nefarious, weighing on sb/sth, bunch of goons and thugs




Alan Rickman, Actor, Dies at 69
The British actor brought an erudite dignity to film roles like the nefarious mastermind of “Die Hard” and the dour master of potions in the “Harry Potter” series.


More dour economic figures present a picture of an intensifying economic slowdown in the U.K.



He’s now surrounded by the Sean Penns and Brigitte Bardots of the world, looking as out of place as he must have felt when he arrived in New Jersey in 1933. In a picture from three years earlier, in which he’s chatting in white tie with a dour bunch of British diplomats, he wears that famous animated wide-eyed expression suggesting he is kind of amused to find himself in this circumstance, too.



Sony's IPO of its financial unit is likely to be one of Japan's largest in recent history, but the country's dour markets are already weighing on its pricing.




Traditionally, denunciations of speculators come from the left of the political spectrum. In the case of oil prices, however, the most vociferous proponents of the view that it’s all the speculators’ fault have been conservatives — people whom you wouldn’t normally expect to see warning about the nefarious activities of investment banks and hedge funds.

CNN's "The Situation Room" host Jack Cafferty’s said on April 9, 2008, "So I think our relationship with China has certainly changed," he continued. "I think they're basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they've been for the last 50 years." (我认为在过去50年里他们基本上一直是一帮暴民和匪徒).


Eeyorish
ˈiːɔːrɪʃ/
adjective
BRITISH
adjective: Eeyoreish
  1. pessimistic or gloomy.
    "they were an Eeyorish bunch, always looking on the dark side of life"

noun1 [C] a number of things of the same type fastened or closely grouped together:a bunch of flowers/grapes/bananas/keys
MAINLY US INFORMAL
The reorganization will give us a whole bunch (= a lot) of problems.

2 [S] a group of people:
They're a bunch of hooligans.
Your friends are a nice bunch.


buncheShow phoneticsplural noun UK
If a girl has her hair in bunches, it is tied together in two parts with one at each side of her head:
As a little girl she wore her hair in bunches.




thug Show phoneticsnoun [C]a man who acts violently, especially to commit a crime:Some thugs smashed his windows.

thuggish Show phoneticsadjective INFORMAL
a thuggish looking youth with a shaven head and tattoos on his arms

vociferous
adjective
Vociferous people express their opinions and complaints loudly and repeatedly in speech, and vociferous demands, etc. are made repeatedly and loudly:
Local activist groups have become increasingly vociferous as the volume of traffic passing through the village has grown.
A vociferous opponent of gay rights, he is well-known for his right-wing views.


denounce (CRITICIZE)
verb [T]
to criticize something or someone strongly and publicly:
The government's economic policy has been denounced on all sides.
We must denounce injustice and oppression.

denunciation
noun [C or U]
public criticism of something or someone

nefarious 
adjective FORMAL
(especially of activities) evil or immoral:
The director of the company seems to have been involved in some nefarious practices/activities.
bunch 
noun
1 [C] a number of things of the same type fastened or closely grouped together:
a bunch of flowers/grapes/bananas/keys
MAINLY US INFORMAL The reorganization will give us a whole bunch (= a lot) of problems.

2 [S] a group of people:
They're a bunch of hooligans.
Your friends are a nice bunch.

bunches
plural noun UK
If a girl has her hair in bunches, it is tied together in two parts with one at each side of her head:
As a little girl she wore her hair in bunches.


dour
adjective
(usually of a person's appearance or manner) unfriendly, unhappy and very serious:
The normally dour Mr James was photographed smiling and joking with friends.

dour



━━ a. むっつりした, 気むずかしい, 陰気な.
dour・ly ━━ ad.


weigh on sb/sth phrasal verb
If a problem or responsibility weighs on you, it makes you worried or unhappy:
He's under huge pressure at work and it's really weighing on him.
She knew she had treated him badly and it weighed heavily on her mind for a long time.

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