2015年8月22日 星期六

overpower, mortify, baroquely

The three men who overpowered the Paris train attacker on what it's like to take on an armed man.





Like an episode of “Seinfeld,” “Elsewhere, U.S.A.” tends to move from one baroquely awkward social experience to the next. At an upscale restaurant, Conley is mortified to discover that the waiter is an old dorm mate from his “elite public university.”


Definition

mortify
verb [T usually passive]
to cause someone to feel extremely ashamed:
If I told her that she'd upset him she'd be mortified.

mortification
noun [U]
To the mortification of the show's organizers, the top performers withdrew at the last minute.

baroque
adj.
  1. also Baroque Of, relating to, or characteristic of a style in art and architecture developed in Europe from the early 17th to mid-18th century, emphasizing dramatic, often strained effect and typified by bold, curving forms, elaborate ornamentation, and overall balance of disparate parts.
  2. also Baroque Music. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a style of composition that flourished in Europe from about 1600 to 1750, marked by expressive dissonance and elaborate ornamentation.
  3. Extravagant, complex, or bizarre, especially in ornamentation: “the baroque, encoded language of post-structural legal and literary theory” (Wendy Kaminer).
  4. Irregular in shape: baroque pearls.
n. also Baroque
The baroque style or period in art, architecture, or music.
[French, from Italian barocco, imperfect pearl, and from Portuguese barroco.]
baroquely ba·roque'ly adv.
baroqueness ba·roque'ness n.

o·ver·pow·er
(past and past participle o·ver·pow·ered, present participle o·ver·pow·er·ing, 3rd person present singular o·ver·pow·ers)
Definition:
1. subdue somebody physically: to use superior strength or force to defeat somebody, especially to make somebody physically helpless and unable to fight

2. overwhelm somebody mentally: to have so strong an effect on somebody that he or she is unable to resist or control it

3. give excessive power to something: to supply something, especially a car, with more power than necessary
--MSN Encarta

overpower Show phonetics
verb [T]
1 to defeat someone by having greater strength or power:
The gunman was finally overpowered by three security guards.

2 If a smell or feeling overpowers you, it is so strong that it makes you feel weak or ill:
The smell of gas/heat overpowered me as I went into the house.


━━ vt. 打勝つ; 圧倒する; 打ちひしぐ, まいらせる.

overpowering
adjective
too strong:
Firefighters were driven back by the overpowering heat of the flames.
There's an overpowering smell of garlic in the kitchen.
He's suffering from overpowering feelings of guilt.

(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

over・power・ing ━━ a. 圧倒的な, 抵抗できない; 強い性格の.


Emma by Jane Austen

"Thank you. I should be mortified indeed if I did not believe I had been of some use; but it is not every body who will bestow praise where they may. _You_ do not often overpower me with it."
末句翻譯比較有意思

這overpower 懷疑有古義...


(本段翻譯取第二義)
遊目族版:「謝謝你。如果我不相信自己還能有所作為的話,我實在應該感到慚愧。可是並不是每一個人都會在該稱讚人家的時候,慷慨地給予稱讚。你就不是經常令我十分感動的人。」


人民文學版:在這方面就經經常對我極其嗇刻。(這版本you 字體不同)

上海譯文版:你也不大肯多贊楊我。

南京譯文版:你就不肯多誇獎我。

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