small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
The cabal was defeated when its scheme was discovered.
The detectives followed the suspects until he led them to the cache where he had stored his loot.
like a corpse; pale
From his cadaverous appearance, we could see how the disease had ravaged him.
rhythmic rise and fall (of words or sounds); beat
Marching down the road, the troops sang out, following the cadence set by the sergeant.
coax; wheedle (dỗ ngọt để ai đó làm lợi cho bản thân)
I will not be cajoled into granting your wish.
As news of the calamity spread, offers of relief poured in to the stricken community.
beautiful writing; excellent penmanship
As we examine ancient manuscripts, we became impressed with the calligraphy of the scribes.
hardened; unfeeling; heartless
(He had worked in the hospital for so many years that he was callous to the suffering in the wards.)
In that youthful movement, the leaders were only a little less callow than their immature followers.
He could endure his financial failure, but he could not bear the calumny that his foes heaped upon him.
related to dogs; doglike
Some days the canine population of Berkeley seems almost to outnumber the human population.
any ulcerous sore; any evil (bệnh viêm loét, mục nát)
Poverty is a canker in the body politic; it must be cured.
pious phraseology; jargon of criminals
(Angry that the president had slashed the education budget, we dismissed his speech on the importance of education as mere cant. lời đạo đức giả)
ill-humored; irritable- irascible
Constantly complaining about his treatment and refusing to cooperate with the hospital staff, he was a
story set to music, to be sung by a chorus
The choral society sang the new cantata composed by its leader.
In the capacious areas of the railroad terminal, thousands of travelers lingered while waiting for their train.
She was an unpredictable creature, acting on caprice, never taking thought of the consequences.
title; chapter heading; text under illustration
I find the captions that accompany these cartoons very clever and humorous.
faultfinding; carping, critical, hypercritical, overcritical
His criticisms were always captious and frivolous, never offering constructive suggestions.
shell covering the back (of a turtle, crab, etc) (cái mai)
At the children's zoo, Richard perched on top of the giant turtle's hard carapace as it slowly made its way around the enclosure.
unit of weight for precious stones; measure of fineness of gold
He gave her a diamond that weighed three carats and was mounted in an eighteen-carat gold band.
Many supposedly harmless substances have been revealed to be carcinogenic.
If you want to increase your word power, the cardinal rule of vocabulary-building is to read.
lurch; sway from side to side (lao dao)
The taxicab careened wildly as it rounded the corner.
set of bells capable of being played
The carillon in the bell tower of the Coca-Cola pavilion at the New York World's Fair provided musical
entertainment every hour.
destruction of life (sự tàn sát)
The carnage that can be caused by atomic warfare adds to the responsibilities of our statesmen.
fault-finding; captious; critical
(Welcoming constructive criticism, Lexy appreciated her editor's comments, finding them free of carping.)
rotting flesh of a dead body
Buzzards are nature's scavengers; they eat the carrion left behind by other predators.
Though not a professional cartographer, Tolkien was able to construct a map of the fictional world.
one of the hereditary classes in Hindu society, social stratification; prestige (giai cấp)
(The differences created by caste in India must be wiped out if true democracy is to prevail in that country.)
punishment; severe criticism
Sensitive even to mild criticism, Woolf could not bear castigation that she found in certain reviews.
serious or fatal accident (tai nạn - nạn nhân)
The number of automotive casualties on this holiday weekend was high.
agent that brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged
Many chemical reactions cannot take place without the presence of a catalyst.
book for religious instruction; instruction by question and answer
He taught by engaging his pupils in a catechism until they gave him the correct answer.