2008年3月13日 星期四

warring, renounce

Shakespeare's tragic love story "Romeo and Juliet" is a treasure trove of quotable lines. The scene in which the young star-crossed lovers from two warring families lament their fate and say they want to renounce their family names is particularly famous.


star-crossed Show phonetics
adjective LITERARY
unlucky:
star-crossed lovers

warring Show phonetics
adjective [before noun]
describes countries or groups of people that are at war with each other or who are arguing fiercely with each other:
The Labour Party, he said, had disintegrated into warring factions.


renounce Show phonetics
verb [T] FORMAL
to say formally or publicly that you no longer own, support, believe in or have a connection with something:
Her ex-husband renounced his claim to the family house.
Gandhi renounced the use of violence.

renunciation Show phonetics
noun [S or U]
the renunciation of violence

(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

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