IELTS Cambridge Unit 20

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aesthetics
/esˈθet̬·ɪks/ (noun)
the formal study of the principles of art and beauty
artefact
/ˈɑː.tɪ.fækt/ (noun)
an object that is made by a person, such as a tool or a decoration, especially one that is of historical interest
- The museum's collection includes artefacts dating back to prehistoric times.
ballerina
/ˌbæl·əˈri·nə/ (noun)
a female ballet dancer
carving
/ˈkɑr·vɪŋ/ (noun)
a decorative object made from esp. wood or stone, or the art of making patterns in or objects from these materials
craft
/kræft/ (noun)
skill in knowing how to do or make something, or a job or activity needing such skill:
- He talked about the craft of writing popular fiction.
exhibition
/ˌek·səˈbɪʃ·ən/ (noun)
a collection of things shown publicly:
- an exhibition of model airplanes
inspiration
/ˌɪn·spə·ˈreɪ·ʃən/ (noun)
someone or something that gives you ideas for doing something:
- She has been an inspiration to us all (= a good example for all).
intimacy
/ˈɪn·tə·mə·si/ (noun)
the state of having a close, personal relationship or romantic relationship with someone:
- He was always polite, but he shunned intimacy.
orchestra
/ˈɔr·kə·strə/ (noun)
a large group of musicians playing different instruments and usually organized to play together and led by a conductor:
- the New York Philharmonic Orchestra
portrait
/ˈpɔr·trət/ (noun)
a painting, photograph, or drawing of a person
sculptor
/ˈskʌlp·tər/ (noun)
a person who creates sculptures out of material such as wood, clay, metal, or stone:
- The sculptor supervised the placement of his newest sculpture in the garden.
sculpture
/ˈskʌlp·tʃər/ (noun)
the art of creating objects out of material such as wood, clay, metal, or stone, or a work of art of this type:
- In the ruins they found ancient stone sculptures.
stimulus
/ˈstɪm·jə·ləs/ (noun)
something that causes growth, activity, or reaction:
- The aid package would provide very little fiscal stimulus.
venue
/ˈven·ju/ (noun)
the place where a public event or meeting happens:
- They changed the venue at the last minute because they realized the meeting room would have been much too small.
works
/wɜrks/ (noun)
all the extra things that may be offered with something:
- This camera came with a carrying case, zoom lens, tripod - the works.
accomplished
/əˈkʌm.plɪʃt/ (adjective)
skilled
- She's a very accomplished pianist/painter/horsewoman.
burgeoning
/ˈbɜr·dʒə·nɪŋ/ (adjective)
growing or developing quickly:
- A burgeoning tourist industry lifted the state's economy.
distracting
/dɪˈstrækt/ (adjective)
to take someone's attention away from what that person is doing or should be doing:
- She liked to work with the radio playing and said it did not distract her.
eclectic
/ɪˈklek·tɪk/ (adjective)
consisting of different types, methods, styles, etc.:
- It was an eclectic mix of our ethnic foods and traditional Thanksgiving food.
mundane
/mʌnˈdeɪn/ (adjective)
ordinary and not interesting in any way:
- The show was just another mundane family sitcom.
passionate
/ˈpæʃ·ə·nət/ (adjective)
full of emotion:
- a passionate speech
prominent
/ˈprɑm·ə·nənt/ (adjective)
very noticeable, important, or famous:
- She plays a prominent role in the organization.
vivid
/ˈvɪv·ɪd/ (adjective)
brightly colored or (of descriptions or memories) producing clear, powerful, and detailed images in the mind:
- vivid colors
choreography
/ˌkɒr.iˈɒg.rə.fi/ (noun)
the skill of combining movements into dances to be performed
- a flamboyant style of choreography
depict
/dɪˈpɪkt/ (verb)
to represent or show something in a picture, story, movie, etc.; portray:
- The movie depicts his father as a tyrant.
provoke
/prəˈvoʊk/ (verb)
to try to make a person or an animal angry or annoyed:
- He was trying to provoke me into a fight.
transcend
/trænˈsend/ (verb)
to go beyond or rise above a limit, or be greater than something ordinary:
- The group makes music that transcends traditional pop categories.
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