2016年5月20日 星期五

naivety, naïveté, respite


What Adalbert Stifter’s naïveté offered me, at the age of nineteen or twenty, was a respite from my increasingly suffocating desires.
Michael Lipkin on his literary hero, Adalbert Stifter, the author of Bunte Steine.
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Despite all this, I felt perfectly safe. The soldiers ignored me, and the Tibetans were as genuinely, enthusiastically welcoming as any people I had met anywhere on the planet. I understand how one who wasn’t there could question my judgment, could think I’m naïve. But for the hours in Ganzi immediately after the episode of excessive force, there was no real menace in the air, and no sense of a riot or rebellion simmering below the surface. The soldiers generated a temporary tension when they marched by, but townspeople mostly viewed them as an insult or a nuisance, not an imminent threat. In all, everything felt calm.

respite

Pronunciation: /ˈrɛspʌɪt/  
 /ˈrɛspɪt/ 

NOUN

[MASS NOUN]
1A short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant:the refugee encampments will provide some respite from the suffering[IN SINGULAR]: a brief respite from the heat
1.1A short delay permitted before an unpleasant obligation is met or a punishment is carried out:a Letter of Licence, by which creditors agreed to postpone claims, brought only temporary respite

VERB

[WITH OBJECT]
1rare Postpone (a sentence, obligation, etc.):the execution was only respited a few months
1.1archaic Grant a respite to (someone, especially a person condemned to death):some poor criminal ... from the gibbet or the wheel, respited for a day

Origin

Middle English: from Old French respit, from Latin respectus 'refuge, consideration'.

naive, naïve 
adjective MAINLY DISAPPROVING
too willing to believe that someone is telling the truth, that people's intentions in general are good or that life is simple and fair. People are often naive because they are young and/or have not had much experience of life:
She was very naive to believe that he'd stay with her.
They make the naive assumption that because it's popular it must be good.
It was a little naive of you to think that they would listen to your suggestions.

naively, naïvely 
adverb
I, perhaps naively, believed he was telling the truth.

naivety, naïveté 
noun [U]
trust based on lack of experience:
DISAPPROVING He demonstrated a worrying naivety about political issues.
APPROVING I think her naivety is charming - she's so unspoilt and fresh.

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