Forbidden City by William Bell, p. 66-131

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  1. turmoil
    a violent disturbance
    Tripoli has been hit with series of car bombs and shootings amid turmoil following the country's 2011 civil war.Los Angeles Times (Jan 27, 2015)
  2. commandeer
    take arbitrarily or by force
    “Entire hospitals have been commandeered for the fighters,” he said.Seattle Times (Jan 30, 2015)
  3. demeaning
    causing someone to lose status or the respect of others
    Critics say the Robin Thicke song is demeaning to women.Washington Times (Jan 9, 2015)
  4. vague
    lacking clarity or distinctness
    Nor have authorities elaborated on a vague statement that Rezaian has been charged with unspecified activities outside the bounds of journalism.Washington Post (Jan 28, 2015)
  5. obligation
    the state of being bound to do or pay something
    Speaking to the media therefore is a player obligation because it is in the best interest in the NFL brand.Forbes (Jan 31, 2015)
  6. smuggle
    import or export without paying customs duties
    Most are penniless, having already paid human trafficking gangs to smuggle them into the EU in the first place.BBC (Jan 30, 2015)
  7. skirmish
    a minor short-term fight
    The newspaper has started live blogging the “flashpoints” of the budding conflict today, indicating they anticipate intensifying skirmishes between separatists and Kiev forces.Newsweek
  8. trundle
    move slowly or heavily
    This device trundles back and forth over paper as it puts down ink.Newsweek
  9. reconnoiter
    explore, often with the goal of finding something
    Voyager 1, which reconnoitered Titan in 1980, saw nothing but orange haze, its cameras unable to penetrate the opaque cloud cover.Time (Oct 25, 2013)
  10. demented
    affected with madness or insanity
    It was the most demented episode of “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant” ever.New York Times (Nov 3, 2014)
  11. desolate
    providing no shelter or sustenance
    After an hour’s drive, the convoy pulled onto a desolate plain, where the Taliban conveyed one final insult before vanishing down the road.New York Times (Jan 5, 2015)
  12. conspicuous
    obvious to the eye or mind
    I tried to act conspicuous while waiting for the theater to open — hey, look at me, on assignment! — but no one I knew passed by.New York Times (Jan 29, 2015)
  13. bewildered
    perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements
    Shin was bewildered by much of the reporting about North Korea on the radio.Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
  14. stalemate
    a situation in which no progress can be made
    On the line, football is not a game of throwing and catching and running but rather of struggle, a violent and existential stalemate.Slate (Jan 30, 2015)
  15. truncheon
    a short stout club used primarily by police officers
    But on Friday, the protest grew, and riot police officers waving truncheons interposed themselves between the two sides.New York Times (Dec 19, 2014)
  16. melee
    a noisy riotous fight
    One security officer was killed in the melee along with three demonstrators.US News (Jan 16, 2015)
  17. indefinitely
    to an unknown extent
    But he was cautious about relying on oil prices to stay low indefinitely.New York Times (Feb 3, 2015)
  18. stymie
    hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
    Encryption may foil foreign cyber spies but also stymie law enforcement.BBC (Jan 15, 2015)
  19. ricochet
    a glancing rebound
    The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said, and the teen was grazed by a bullet, possibly when it ricocheted off his friend.Los Angeles Times (Jan 23, 2015)
  20. phalanx
    any closely ranked crowd of people
    He appears in public with a phalanx of armed bodyguards, said to be former agents of the U.S.BusinessWeek (Dec 11, 2014)
  21. indiscriminately
    without paying attention to differences
    Another witness told the organization the killers fired indiscriminately, killing small children and a woman who was delivering a baby.Los Angeles Times (Jan 15, 2015)
  22. jamming
    deliberate radiation or reflection of electromagnetic energy for the purpose of disrupting enemy use of electronic devices or systems
    The petition seeks to use network-management equipment from Cisco and others rather than unauthorized jamming devices.
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