emulate v. 模仿
The feminist poet’s extremely explicit and witty diatribes against social convention were so thoroughly emulated by other writers that her idiosyncratic brand of rebellion eventually became the convention of her time.
dishearten v. 使...沮丧
There is nothing more disheartening for a physician than watching a patient die from a preventable cause.
pastiche n. 拙劣的模仿
The critic accurately described the work as a pastiche, thus suggesting its derivative nature.
dwindle v. 减少
After months of unemployment, the man's bank account dwindled to nothing.
stringent adj. 严格的
As a child, Mary despised her stringent upbringing; however, as she grew older she began to appreciate her grandmother`s strict discipline.
censure v. 抨击，指责
Book reviewers who are reluctant to censure a book openly may imply their criticism by merely avoiding enthusiastic praise.
pry v. 窥探，窥视
After she was caught snooping in the closet, the maid was fired for prying into the personal lives of her clients.
surmount v. 克服，战胜
The impasse has proved to be insurmountable: as a result, negotiations have been suspended indefinitely.
sterling adj. 高质量的
The board of directors assert that high-level scrutiny on finance operations necessitates selecting someone with a sterling reputation for honesty.
vociferous adj. 吵闹的
Students who are vociferous at school are quite noiseless and almost speechless at home.
unwieldy adj. 笨重的
Typing is unwieldy for the kind of quick communication necessary, so some sort of voice chat is recommended.
pedantic adj. 说教的
Pink, the host of a TV show that uses hidden cameras to show how real people react to experiments, is an engaging host who references the underlying science without being pedantic or boring his audience.
contagious adj. 有感染力的
As a young physics instructor, Richard Feynman discovered that he had the gift of sharing his passion for his subject and making that excitement contagious.
alleviate v. 减缓
Some environmentalists fear that the practices contributing to global warming are so established in industrialized nations that there are no simple ways to alleviate their effects.
equitable adj. 平等的
The brothers wanted to reach an equitableagreement. They wanted their solution to be fair and satisfying for both of them.
anatomize v. 分析
After anatomizing the structural framework of the bridge on the digital model, the engineer discovered the flaws in the original design.