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  • point /pɔɪnt/ the purpose or aim of something
  • I suppose we could save one or two of the trees, but what’s the point?
  • therapy /ˈθerəpi/ the treatment of an illness or injury over a fairly long period of time
  • radiation therapy for cancer treatment
  • mystical /ˈmɪstɪkəl/ involving religious, spiritual, or magical powers that people cannot understand
  • music’s spiritual and mystical powers
  • in a nutshell / used when you are stating the main facts about something in a short clear way
  • Okay, that’s our proposal in a nutshell. Any questions?
  • evolution /ˌiːvəˈluːʃən, ˌevə- $ ˌevə-/ the gradual change and development of an idea, situation, or object
  • the evolution of the computer
  • benificial /ˌbenɪˈfɪʃəl◂/ having a good effect OPP detrimental
  • a drug that has a beneficial effect on the immune system
  • preoccupation /priːˌɒkjəˈpeɪʃən $ -ˌɑːk-/ something that you give all your attention to
  • Their main preoccupation was how to feed their families
  • petty /ˈpeti/ a petty problem, detail etc is small and unimportant SYN trivial
  • petty restrictions
  • small-minded / thinking too much about your own life and problems and not about important things
  • People around here are so small-minded.
  • imbue somebody/something with something /ɪmˈbjuː/ to make someone or something have a quality, idea, or emotion very strongly
  • His philosophical writings are imbued with religious belief.
  • resilience /rɪˈzɪliəns/ the ability to become strong, happy, or successful again after a difficult situation or event
  • People showed remarkable resilience during the war.
  • therapeutic /ˌθerəˈpjuːtɪk◂/ making you feel calm and relaxed
  • I find swimming very therapeutic.
  • the middle ages / the period in European history between about 1100 and 1500 AD
  • be meant to do something / if you are meant to do something, you should do it, especially because someone has told you to or because you are responsible for it
  • I thought the police were meant to protect people.
  • pilgrimage /ˈpɪlɡrəmɪdʒ/ a journey to a holy place for religious reasons
  • the chance to go on pilgrimage to Mecca
  • commune  with somebody/something /ˈkɒmjuːn $ ˈkɑː-, kəˈmjuːn/ to communicate with a person, god, or animal, especially in a mysterious spiritual way
  • Can you spare as little as half an hour each day to unwind or to commune with nature?
  • relic /ˈrelɪk/ a part of the body or clothing of a holy person which is kept after their death because it is thought to be holy
  • The relic was found in exactly the place indicated.
  • saint /seɪnt/ someone who is given the title ‘saint’ by the Christian Church after they have died, because they have been very good or holy
  • Statues of saints lined the walls of the church.
  • shrine /ʃraɪn/ a place that is connected with a holy event or holy person, and that people visit to pray
  • his pilgrimage to the shrine of St John
  • patron /ˈpeɪtrən/ someone who supports the activities of an organization, for example by giving money
  • a patron of the arts
  • marital /ˈmærətl/ relating to marriage
  • the increase in marital breakdown
  • skull /skʌl/ the bones of a person’s or animal’s head
  • His bony skull and his sharp beak jutted out of the robe at such a low angle he looked like a buzzard.
  • divine /dəˈvaɪn/ coming from or relating to God or a god
  • faith in divine providence
  • majestic /məˈdʒestɪk/ very big, impressive, or beautiful
  • This lovely village is surrounded by majestic mountain scenery.
  • immemorial /ˌɪməˈmɔːriəl◂/ starting longer ago than people can remember, or than written history shows
  • Markets have been held here since time immemorial.
  • contemplate /ˈkɒntəmpleɪt $ ˈkɑːn-/ to accept the possibility that something is true
  • The thought that she might be dead was too terrible to contemplate.
  • rigor /ˈrɪɡə $ -ər/ great care and thoroughness in making sure that something is correct
  • Their research seems to me to be lacking in rigor.
  • strive /straɪv/ to make a great effort to achieve something
  • I was still striving to be successful
  • ambitious /æmˈbɪʃəs/ an ambitious plan, idea etc shows a desire to do something good but difficult
  • an ambitious engineering project



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