His gloom was now compounded by the failing mark on his geometry test.

1. gloom(n.) the feeling of having no hope

    Example: There is general gloom about the future of the farming industry.

    Example: a time of high umemployment and economic gloom

    gloomy(adj.) feeling sad and depressed

    (adj.) showing that things are not going well and will probably not go well in the future

    Example: gloomy prospects

    (adj.) dark in a way that makes you feel sad or a little afraid

    Example: gloomy weather

    Example: a gloomy old library


Paradox is a statement that at first seems to be absurd or self-contradictory but which may in fact turn out to be ture.

2. absurd [əb`sɝd] (adj.) completely stupid, unreasonable, or impossible to believe

    Example: She makes the most absurd claims about her past achievements.

    (adj.) talking or behaving in a silly or extreme way

    to absurd lengths = making an extreme amount of effort

    Example: Jake goes to absurd lengths to prove his point.

    absurdly(adv.) in a way that seems stupid, unreasonable, or impossible to believe

    Example: absurdly high prices

    Example: She was absurdly young to be in such a demanding job.

    (adv.) used for saying that some quality or feeling is much greater than you expected

    Example: I felt absurdly tired after our meeting.

It is difficult to change someone's opinion by badgering him.

3. badger [`bædʒɚ](v.) to try to make someone do something by asking them many times

    Example: They keep badgering me to take them to the show.

The child who begs his mother to “ get off his back ” when she implores him for some assistance with the household drudgery, may very well plead interminably for some special privilege when he wants something for himself.

4. drudgery(n.) boring and unpleasant work that you have to do

    drudge(n.) someone who has to do a lot of boring and unpleasant work

5. plead [plid](v.) to ask for something in an urgent or emotional way

    plead with sb ( to do sth )

    Example: I pleaded with you to stay, but you turned your back on me.

    (v.)[ legal ] to say in a court of law whether you are guilty of a crime or not

    Example: Both defendants pleaded not guilty on all courts.

    (v.) to mention something as an excuse for doing or not doing something

    Example: Pleading poverty, he sought charity from local shopkeepers.

    Example: Ellie pleaded tiredness and went to bed very early.

    (v.) to try to show that something is important or worth trying to achieve

    Example: He pleaded the case for continued cooperation with the Russians.

    Example: Her book pleaded the cause of women's education

    pleading(adj.) a pleading look shows that you want something very much

    Example: pleading eyes 

 6. interminable(adj.) continuing for a long time in a boring or annoying way



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