2014年4月27日 星期日

anodyne , puck, defiance, defiant

Banality and bathos are the stock-in-trade here. De Botton's curatorial rubrics – as well as memory, there's fortune, money, politics and sex – are anodyne, his insights and descriptions shallow and obvious.




Bo Xilai was found guilty Sunday of bribetaking, embezzlement and abuse of power.
Chinese Official at Center of Scandal Is Found Guilty and Given a Life Term

By ANDREW JACOBS and CHRIS BUCKLEY

There was never much doubt that Bo Xilai would be found guilty, but until the end, he remained defiant, pleading not guilty and contesting nearly every aspect of the prosecutors' case.


 According to CMP, Guangdong’s propaganda chief, Tuo Zhen, is said to have re-written the message, making it much more anodyne. This has angered journalists at the newspaper, prompting many of them (as the Associated Press reports) to issue a public complaint—a rare act of defiance by employees of a prominent state-owned publication.



Some investors were hoping for much more -- a radical restructuring maybe, or plans to spin off the low-margin PC division. What they got was Apotheker's anodyne vision of an evolving IT industry, the disruptive force of cloud computing, and HP's role as a soup-to-nuts provider. "All of us need a trusted partner to navigate this new world," he said. "Who but HP could deliver this leadership?"
Later, CFO Catherine Lesjak mentioned the cloud again before boldly declaring that "HP is skating to where the puck is going," (cue eye roll) and then asking, "Who else is as well positioned as HP is? Who else has as powerful and as sustained advantages?"



defiance

[名][U]
1 (権威・敵対者などに対する)果敢な抵抗, 大胆な反抗;挑戦((against ...))
defiance of established authority
既成の権威に対する反抗
a letter of defiance
挑戦状
Jeans became a symbol of defiance against authority.
ジーンズは権威に対する反抗の象徴となった.
2 (…への)公然の無視, 軽蔑((of ...)).
in defiance of ...
…にもかかわらず, を物ともせず.
Syllabification: (de·fi·ance)
Pronunciation: /diˈfīəns/
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noun

  • open resistance; bold disobedience:the demonstration was held in defiance of official warnings

Origin:

Middle English (denoting the renunciation of an allegiance or friendship): from Old French, from defier 'defy'



anodyne
  • [ǽnədàin]
[名]鎮痛剤, 鎮静剤;((形式))(感情などを)和らげるもの
Religion was an anodyne to his misery.
宗教が彼の苦悩を和らげてくれた.
━━[形]
1 鎮痛[鎮静]作用をする.
2 ((形式))気持ちを和らげる;気休めの.
[ラテン語←ギリシャ語anōdynos(an-ない+ōdyn-苦痛+-os形容詞語尾)]


anodyne

Syllabification: an·o·dyne
Pronunciation: /ˈanəˌdīn
 
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adjective

  • Not likely to provoke dissent or offense; inoffensive, often deliberately so: anodyne New Age music I attempted to keep the conversation as anodyne as possible
    More example sentences
    • I just find their music very anodyne, its very ‘consistent’, it lacks variation and is very safe - and that's the problem for the film.
    • At other moments - for all the Chorus's endeavours - the concert is let down by anodyne music and lyrics.
    • The sound effects - such as the perfect hollow pop every time Sara takes her pills - work in harmony with the images to convey the dull repetition and anodyne ritual that make up any addiction.

noun

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Origin

mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek anōdunos 'painless', from an- 'without' + odunē 'pain'.

puck 冰上曲棍球的圓盤
  • [pʌ'k]
[名]《アイスホッケー》パック:ゴム製の円盤.n.
A hard rubber disk used in ice hockey.

[Perhaps from dialectal puck, to strike.]

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