2016年2月24日 星期三

diabolical predicament, ungoverned, counternarcotics


Examining the mysteries of airline élite status, and the absurd lengths frequent fliers will go to keep it.

The diabolical marketing genius of airline élite status is that, as St. Paul said of grace, it cannot be earned by works.
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 D.E.A.’s Agents Join Counternarcotics Efforts in Honduras

The Central American country is a growing focus of American efforts aimed at drug cartels that have sought to use its ungoverned spaces. 



An American official on Thursday said that Chen Guangcheng had reversed his position and now wanted to leave China, injecting new uncertainty into a tense diplomatic situation.


None of this is to deny that Taipei faces a diabolical predicament. Greater economic integration is probably inevitable and that momentum is on the mainland's side. True, Taiwan feels confident that its people enjoy a superior system of government and free enterprise. But this does not mean that Beijing will allow it to persist.

diabolical, malevolent

In a September 12, 1918 letter to his friend Arthur Greeves, Lewis
said that his book was, "mainly strung around the idea that I
mentioned to you before--that nature is wholly diabolical &
malevolent and that God, if he exists, is outside of and in
opposition to the cosmic arrangements."
Spirits in Bondage by Lewis, C. S.






predicament[pre・dic・a・ment]

noun
1a difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation:the club’s financial predicament

  • 発音記号[pridíkəmənt]
[名]
1 状態;(特に)苦境, 窮地
be placed in a predicament
苦境に置かれる.
[類語]predicament, plight窮状の度合いの大きさを強調する:The plight of the refugees is terrible. 難民の状況はひどい. dilemma, quandary窮状における処置のむずかしさを強調するが, 前者は二者択一の窮状を, 後者は打開策のない困惑を強調:the dilemma of having to choose between a cut in wages and more working hours賃金カットか労働時間延長かのジレンマ/be in quandary as to how to raise funds資金集めの方法に窮している.



diabolical
('ə-bŏl'ĭ-kəl) pronunciation
also di·a·bol·ic (-ĭk)
adj.
  1. Of, concerning, or characteristic of the devil; satanic.
  2. Appropriate to a devil, especially in degree of wickedness or cruelty.
[From Middle English deabolik, from Old French diabolique, from Late Latin diabolicus, from Latin diabolus, devil. See devil.]
diabolically di'a·bol'i·cal·ly adv.
diabolicalness di'a·bol'i·cal·ness n.

adjective

relating to or characteristic of the Devil:the darkness of a diabolic world

di・a・bol・ic, di・a・bol・i・cal


()
━━ a. 悪魔的な (a ~ liberty やりたい放題); 残忍な; とても不愉快な.
di・a・bol・ic・ly ━━ ad.
di・ab・o・lism

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