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tragedy • sworn • avenge
timeless • accessible
  1. We need to make some changes to make our website more to people who aren't good with computers.
  2. Even though they were neighbors, they were enemies.
  3. The loss of her grandmother's wedding ring was a complete .
  4. She tried to her sister's broken heart, but ended up just making the situation worse.
  5. Even though it's expensive, this dress is .
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#530 Best Play

Eucharia discusses her favorite plays.

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tragedy

I love the story of Romeo and Juliet which is a tragedy.

'Tragedy,' in this case refers to a type of story, one with a tragic and terrible ending.  Tragedy usually refers to something that is a disaster, sometimes even fatal.  Notice the following:

  1. It was an absolute tragedy that they lost their dog a week after they bought him.
  2. The surprise party was a complete tragedy; nobody came.

sworn enemy

Their families are sworn enemies of each other.

If you have a 'sworn enemy' you are very open and honest about the fact that he is your enemy; it is public knowledge.  Notice the following:

  1. After the big argument, they were sworn enemies for the rest of their lives.
  2. When I was twelve years old, my sworn enemy stole my boyfriend.

avenge

Hamlet has to avenge his father by killing his stepfather.

If you 'avenge' someone, you seek revenge or vengeance for something wrong that happened to him.  You try to make the situation equal.  Notice the following:

  1. To avenge her brother's death, she started a campaign against drunk driving.
  2. She made a public statement against him to avenge what he had said about their romance.

timeless

But I also love Shakespeare’s comedies. They have this timeless quality.

If something is 'timeless' it will never go out of style or decrease in popularity.  Notice the following:

  1. You black dress is timeless.
  2. Frank Sinatra's music is timeless.  People will listen to it forever.

accessible

I’m not a big poetry person but I really found Shakespeare accessible.

In this case 'accessible' means that Shakespeare's poetry was easy to read and enjoy.  If something is easy to use, a person is easy to communicate with, or a place is easy to find, we call these 'accessible' too.  Notice the following:

  1. Although I don't understand computers well, that program was very accessible.
  2. Because the ruins were easily accessible there were always a lot of people there.

 

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