2015年11月3日 星期二

contest, court, covet, coliseum, envy, enviable, pleaded no contest

It happened one morning after I had tried to sit in on a court case in Guangzhou in which one of my characters, Ah Peng, was contesting his detention by police.

Japan Courts the Money in Reactors

Japanese industrial conglomerates, with the cooperation of the government in Tokyo, are renewing their pursuit of multibillion-dollar nuclear projects, particularly in smaller countries.

On Oct. 10, 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew pleaded no contest 認罪to one count of federal income tax evasion and resigned his office.

But a long road lies ahead in rescuing recent architectural history. Kevin Roche's nearby Veterans Memorial Coliseum, a big brute of a building whose spiral ramps and rooftop parking have made it a cult favorite of architecture students, is being demolished. A few miles away Marcel Breuer's Pirelli Building has been partly dismantled to make way for a parking lot.

RockMelt Covets Browser Market
A Silicon Valley start-up called RockMelt is entering one of the most hotly contested software markets—Web browsers—with a strategy to integrate social networking and other features.

Samsung's Enviable Challenge: What to Do With Its Growing Cash Pile1

  1. To feel blameworthy desire for (that which is another's). See synonyms at envy.
  2. To wish for longingly. See synonyms at desire.
To feel immoderate desire for that which is another's.
[古フランス語←俗ラテン語cupiditare(cupidus切望している+-are不定詞語尾). △CUPID
[Middle English coveiten, from Old French coveitier, from covitie, desire, from Latin cupiditās, from cupidus, desirous, from cupere, to desire.]
covetable cov'et·a·ble adj.
coveter cov'et·er n.

covetingly cov'et·ing·ly adv.


Pronunciation: /ˈɛnvi/
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Definition of envy

noun (plural envies)

[mass noun]
  •  a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck:she felt a twinge of envy for the people on board
  •  (the envy of) a person or thing that inspires envy:France has a film industry that is the envy of Europe

verb (enviesenvyingenvied)

[with object]
  •  desire to have a quality, possession, or other desirable thing belonging to (someone else):he envied people who did not have to work at the weekends [with two objects]:I envy Jane her happiness
  •  desire for oneself (something belonging to another):a lifestyle which most of us would envy





Middle English (also in the sense 'hostility, enmity'): from Old French envie (noun), envier (verb), from Latin invidia, from invidere 'regard maliciously, grudge', from in- 'into' + videre 'to see'

Definition of enviable


  •  arousing or likely to arouse envy:the firm is in the enviable position of having a full order book





v., court·ed, court·ing, courts. v.tr.
    1. To attempt to gain; seek: courting wealth and fame.
    2. To behave so as to invite or incur: courts disaster by taking drugs.
  1. To try to gain the love or affections of, especially to seek to marry.
  2. To attempt to gain the favor of by attention or flattery: a salesperson courting a potential customer.
  3. Zoology. To behave so as to attract (a mate).
  1. To pursue a courtship; woo.
  2. Zoology. To engage in courtship behavior.


(kŏn'tĕst') pronunciation
  1. A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals.
  2. A competition, especially one in which entrants perform separately and are rated by judges. See synonyms at conflict.

v., -test·ed, -test·ing, -tests. (kən-tĕst', kŏn'tĕst') v.tr.
  1. To compete or strive for.
  2. To call into question and take an active stand against; dispute or challenge: contest a will. See synonyms at oppose.
To struggle or compete; contend: contested with other bidders for the antique.

[Probably from French conteste, from contester, to dispute, from Old French, to call to witness, from Latin contestārī : com-, com- + testis, witness.]
contestable con·test'a·ble adj.
contestation con'tes·ta'tion (kŏn'tĕ-stā'shən) n.
contester con·test'er n.


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[名] 〔kntest | kn-〕
1 (勝利・優位獲得のための)争い, 抗争(struggle);(賞を目ざしての)競走, 競争, 競技, コンクール((for ...))
a speech contest
a swimming contest
a hard [a bitter] contest
a contest over a will
winlose] a contest
enter a beauty contest
be no contest
be in a contest for ...
2 論争, 論議(dispute).
━━[動] 〔kntést〕 (他)
1 …を目ざして戦う, 争う
contest a seat in Congress
The prize was hotly contested.
2 …について議論を戦わせる, 論争する;…に異議[異論]を唱える
He contests my survey results.
━━(自)[I([副])](…と)論争[議論]する;争う, 戦う;競争する((with, against ...))
contest withagainst] a person for ...

Word of the Day:
coliseum (KOL-i-SEE-uhm)

A large stadium, theater, or similar building for sports, cinema, exhibitions, etc.

After Colosseum, name of the amphitheater in Rome, from Latin colosseus (gigantic)

The Roman Colosseum was completed c. 80 AD. This amphitheater's name is derived from the huge 130 foot colossus of Nero that once stood nearby. The Colosseum was the site of gory gladiatorial contests from which came the term Roman holiday: roman holiday. See pictures and learn more about the Colosseum at the-colosseum.net/.

"The [Arena Football League] is talking to coliseum officials in Bloomington about a franchise there in 2006." — Dave Eminian; Say Bye-bye, Bottom Line; Peoria Journal Star (Illinois); Jul 5, 2005.