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400 Must Have Words for the TOEFL LESSON 39 – Entertainment Vocabulary Test

400 Must Have Words for the TOEFL LESSON 39 - Entertainment Vocabulary Test

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Not good enough to be the work of professionals

 Whoever painted this room did an amateurish job, with all sorts of uneven edges.

Parts of speech     amateur n., amateurishly adv.

cast [kɑːst] n.

The group of actors in a play, movie, television show, etc.

 Some viewers mistakenly start thinking that a TV show’s cast members are really the characters they play.

Usage tips     In U.S.English, cast is singular. In some other varieties of English it is plural.

Parts of speech     cast v.

charismatic [ˌkærɪzˈmætɪk] adj.

Extremely attractive and charming

 Because of the sparkle in his eye and his confident style, John F. Kennedy was a charismatic leader.

Parts of speech     charisma n., charismatically adv.

gala [ˈgɑːlə] n.

Expensive, elaborately arranged, and full of celebration

 A college graduation party should be a gala affair, not a backyard barbecue.

Usage tips     Gala is somewhat old-fashioned, far more common in print than in speech.

Parts of speech     gala n.

hilarious [hɪˈlɛərɪəs] adj.

Very funny

 In my opinion, the most hilarious character on television was Basil Fawlty.

Parts of speech     hilarity n.

improvisation [ˌɪmprəvaɪˈzeɪʃən] n.

Inventing a solution to an unexpected problem

 Boy Scouts take pride in their improvisation when faced with trouble during a camping trip.

Parts of speech     improvise v., improvisational adj.

incompetent [ɪnˈkɒmpɪtənt] adj.

Unskilled; lacking the ability to perform a task

 Because we hired an incompetent builder to replace our roof, we now have leaks everywhere.

Usage tips     Usually, incompetent implies that someone tries to do something but fails.

Parts of speech     incompetence n., incompetently adv.

medium [ˈmiːdɪəm] n.

A channel or way for a meaning to be expressed

 Watercolor art is often considered childish, but some artists have achieved great things working in that medium.

Usage tips     The plural of medium is media.

skit [skɪt] n.

A short, informal play

 Marnie and Chris spent a long time practicing their skit for the school show.

zeal [ziːl] n.

Enthusiasm; a deep determination to do well

 Unfortunately, Tom’s zeal to become a rock star distracted him from his studies.

Usage tips     Zeal is often followed by to plus a verb or by a for phrase.

Parts of speech     zealot n., zealous adj.

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