World Views

This list accompanies the reading text World Views for the second semester of a course at Waseda University. Selected words will come mainly from the AWL (Academic Word List)
definitions & notes only words
  1. abandoned
    forsaken by owner or inhabitants
  2. adopted
    acquired as your own by free choice
  3. advise
    give advice to
  4. ambivalent
    uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
  5. bother
    disturb, especially by minor irritations
  6. compare
    examine and note the similarities or differences of
  7. complain
    express discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
  8. conspicuous
    obvious to the eye or mind
  9. dismay
    the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles
  10. disaffection
    the feeling of being alienated from other people
  11. dwindling
    a becoming gradually less
  12. emblem
    special design representing a quality, type, or group
  13. estimate
    judge tentatively
  14. flattering
    showing or representing to advantage
  15. harassed
    troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances
  16. identifiable
    capable of being recognized
  17. liberalize
    become more broad-minded
  18. impact
    the striking of one body against another
  19. manage
    be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
  20. prominence
    the state of being widely known or eminent
  21. promoter
    someone who is an active supporter and advocate
  22. peer
    look searchingly
  23. prohibited
    forbidden by law
  24. pride
    a feeling of self-respect and personal worth
  25. urge
    force or impel in an indicated direction
  26. revival
    bringing again into activity and prominence
  27. ritual
    the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies
  28. severe
    unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment
  29. spirituality
    concern with matters of the soul
  30. responsible
    worthy of or requiring trust; held accountable