2008年12月11日 星期四

allay, counterweight/counterbalance


The American Constitution Society, founded in 2001 to be a liberal counterweight to the conservative Federalist Society, is rising to power.


Mr. Ma said Sunday that he wanted to negotiate confidence-building military procedures with China to reduce the risk of an accidental war and eventually a peace agreement ending hostilities across the Taiwan Strait.

But he also needs to allay the suspicions of American conservatives who value Taiwan as a strategic counterweight to China and who remain distrustful of Mr. Ma’s Nationalist Party because of its reluctance for years to approve the purchase of submarines and other military hardware first offered by President Bush in 2001.


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verb [T] FORMAL
to make someone feel less worried or frightened:
The government is desperately trying to allay public fears/concern about the spread of the disease.

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noun [C]
a weight that is as heavy as something else, so that the two objects can balance

counter・balance

━━ n. 釣合い(おもり); 平衡力; 中和する反対勢力.
━━ vt. 釣合わす; 相殺する.



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