2016年5月13日 星期五

indolent, tiki, abject, restive, propel, indolence, arrogate

Why has a world of glorious, cosmopolitan Islamic empires becomes so abject?
A hundred years after the Sykes-Picot agreement carved up the Ottoman…
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Test scores aren't everything, but they do signal something. By this measure, some countries have made gains like Slovenia and Spain. Some surprising tumblers include Canada, Sweden and Finland. One thing is clear: diligent Asians have maintained their lead over Americans and Europeans ‪#‎econarchive‬ (2013) http://econ.st/1xj0CF5

How different countries’ students measure upTEST scores are not everything. But they do signal something. By this measure (taken by testing 15-year-olds on basic...
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'Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition'

By GARRY WILLS
Reviewed by RANDALL BALMER
Garry Wills maintains that the Roman Catholic priesthood has arrogated to itself powers unimagined by Jesus and his disciples.


ASIA’S economies have long wowed the world with their dynamism. Thanks to years of spectacular growth, more people have been pulled from abject poverty in modern Asia than at any other time in history. But as they become more affluent, the region’s citizens want more from their governments. Across the continent pressure is growing for public pensions, national health insurance, unemployment benefits and other hallmarks of social protection. As a result, the world’s most vibrant economies are shifting gear, away from simply building wealth towards building a welfare state.


China’s restive Tibetan regions
No mercy (27)



Iran Expanding Effort to Stifle the Opposition

By ROBERT F. WORTH
The government appears to be launching an ambitious effort to discredit its opponents and re-educate the country’s young and restive population.



Both authors contrast Johnson’s abject youth with his adult fame, his physical awkwardness with his conversational fluency, his self-diagnosed “indolence” with his super­human literary output.


根據這個定義,能不能說PSA檢測方法過於敏感,因此把稍有、
甚至沒有前列腺癌症狀的人全認定為癌患者呢?格雷絲解釋說:"PSA檢測方法並非過於敏感,它的問題在於不善於區分溫和型(Indolent)和猛烈型(Aggressive)癌症。由於無法確定哪些癌變會發展成危及生命的猛烈型癌症,大多數被診斷出PSA呈陽性的人都接受了治療。過度診斷和過度治療的問題就是這樣產生的。


Alcatel-Lucent executives tried to reassure restive shareholders that the telecom-gear maker's long-term growth prospects were strong, despite mounting competitive pressures.



These, then, are the global challenges that the G8’s leaders will attempt to address (while also finding time to condemn Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and gauge progress on North Korea’s denuclearisation). If only electorates were behind them. President Nicolas Sarkozy of France has yet to regain the popularity and authority that propelled him to office. Mr Bush, unpopular at home, is nearing the end of his term. Mr Fukuda will possibly not be around in a year’s time, with Mr Brown’s future only a little less assured. Popular restiveness against national leaders, even if it is not allowed to show itself in Toyako, puts the G8’s goals in even greater question.

restive Show phonetics
adjective ━━ a. 落ち着かない, いらいらする; (馬などが)前に進もうとしない; 御しにくい, 反抗的な.
unwilling to be controlled or be patient:
The audience was becoming restive as they waited for the performance to begin.

propel Show phonetics
verb [T] -ll-
1 to push or move something somewhere, often with a lot of force:
a rocket propelled through space

The Kon-Tiki sailed across the Pacific Ocean propelled by wind power.

2 propel sb into/to/towards sth to cause someone to do an activity or be in a situation:
The film propelled him to international stardom.

Research in Motion Holds Its Breath for BlackBerry 10 Debut

OTTAWA — On Wednesday, RIM will introduce a new smartphone that has been designed to retain, and bring back, the corporate users that once propelled it to success.


propellant Show phonetics
noun [C or U]
1 an explosive substance or fuel which causes something to move forwards

2 a gas which is used in aerosols to force the liquid out in very small drops

propeller Show phonetics
noun [C] (INFORMAL prop)
a device which causes a ship or aircraft to move, consisting of two or more blades which turn round at high speed
See picture .

propulsion Show phonetics
noun [U]
a force that pushes something forward:
wind propulsion
a propulsion system
See also jet propulsion.



The Uighurs are the native people of Eastern Turkestan, also known as Xinjiang Uighur Autunomous Region.




Chinese History - Huigu 回鶻, Weiwur 維吾爾, Uighurs (www ...

The Uighurs, an ethnic minority in China

Although it's the world's fourth largest economy, China is still a place where extreme affluence and abject poverty exist side by side. The province of Xinjiang in China's Northwest, one of the poorest regions in the Middle Kingdom, is a world apart from cities like Shanghai or Beijing, with their hustle and bustle.

Covered by inhospitable deserts and high mountain ranges, the vast province is home to the minority called Uighurs, who are mainly Muslim. Their culture, language and religion set them apart from the Han Chinese, the dominant ethnic group in China.

For several years the central government has been trying to develop the region - to narrow the wide income gap between the poor West and the booming coastal provinces in the East. But the campaign also aims to bring stability to this restive region where the Uighurs resent the continuing influx of Han Chinese. Ruth Kirchner sent this report from Xinjiang.


Copenhagen Accord is branded "abject failure" by activists

After two weeks of discussion in Copenhagen, an outline plan to tackle climate change was finally hammered out. But the deal has been strongly criticized for not setting tough limits on emissions.

abject (EXTREME)
adjective FORMAL
abject misery/poverty/terror, etc. when someone is extremely unhappy, poor, frightened, etc:
They live in abject poverty.
This policy has turned out to be an abject failure.

  • 発音記号[ǽbdʒekt]

[形]((形式))
1 〈状態が〉絶望的な;屈辱的な;みじめ[悲惨]な
abject poverty
赤貧.
2 〈人・行為・態度などが〉自尊心のかけらもない, 卑しい, (品性が)下劣な, さもしい;奴隷根性の(slavish);(いやに)へりくだった
an abject apology
卑劣な謝罪[弁解]
an abject failure
大失敗, さんたんたる結果.
[ラテン語abjectus(ab-離れて+jecere投げる+-tus過去分詞語尾=投げ捨てられた→みじめな). △JET1, REJECT
ab・ject・ly
[副]卑劣に, みじめなほど.



indolent
adjective LITERARY
lazy; showing no real interest or effort:
an indolent wave of the hand
an indolent reply

indolently
adverb LITERARY

indolence
noun [U] LITERARY
After a sudden burst of activity, the team lapsed back into indolence.

indolence

Pronunciation: /ˈɪnd(ə)l(ə)ns/
noun
[mass noun]
avoidance of activity or exertion; laziness:my failure is probably due to my own indolence
She had set out at an early hour, but had lingered on the road, inclined by her indolence to believe that if she waited under a warm shed the snow would cease to fall.

arrogate


 ar • ro • gate
発音
ǽrəgèit
arrogateの変化形
arrogated (過去形) • arrogated (過去分詞) • arrogating (現在分詞) • arrogates (三人称単数現在)
arrogateの慣用句
arrogatingly, (全1件)
[動](他)((形式))
1 〈権利などを〉横取りする, 不法に(わがものと)する;〈称号などを〉詐称する((to ...))
arrogate all the credit to oneself
功績を全部自分に帰する.
2 〈過失などを〉(人の)せいにする((to ...)).
àr・ro・gàt・ing・ly
[副]不当にも.


tiki

  
音節
ti • ki
発音
tíːki

[名]
1 ((T-))(ポリネシア神話で)地上最初の人間.
2 (ポリネシア文化圏でお守りの)先祖をかたどった彫像.


tiki

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NOUN (plural tikis)

  • 2[AS MODIFIER] Denoting something that is imitative of objects or customs associated with the tropical islands of the South Pacific:a tiki bartiki huts

Origin

Maori, literally 'image'. sense 2 represents an independent development, which first became widespread in the mid 20th century in the US tourist industry.

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