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CEFR C1 Vocabulary - Lesson 31

Here you will learn some English words about struggles and setbacks, such as "disastrous", "doom", "neglect", etc. prepared for C1 learners.

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CEFR C1 Vocabulary
destructive
[adjective]
causing a lot of damage or harm
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disastrous
[adjective]
very harmful or bad
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elusive
[adjective]
hard to achieve, find, remember, or define
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grave
[adjective]
very bad or worrisome
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ineffective
[adjective]
not achieving the desired outcome or intended result
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undesirable
[adjective]
not wanted or considered unpleasant
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overwhelming
[adjective]
too intense or powerful to resist or manage effectively
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in vain
[adverb]
without success or achieving the desired result
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to doom
[verb]
to intentionally cause something or someone to fail or experience a negative outcome by creating specific conditions
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to neglect
[verb]
to fail to do something, particularly as a result of carelessness
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to overshadow
[verb]
to cause a person or thing to come across as less significant
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breakdown
[noun]
a failure in the progress or effectiveness of a relationship or system
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burden
[noun]
a responsibility or task that causes hardship, stress, etc.
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catastrophe
[noun]
a horrible event that causes much suffering and damage
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dead end
[noun]
a situation that shows no signs of progress or improvement
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deficiency
[noun]
an existing weakness or fault in someone or something
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fail
[noun]
a mistake or unsuccessful act
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fall
[noun]
a reduction in size, amount, number, etc.
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fault
[noun]
a wrong move or act
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hurdle
[noun]
a difficulty or problem that must be overcome in order to achieve something
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inconvenience
[noun]
difficulties caused by something that makes one irritated or uncomfortable
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malfunction
[noun]
a failure to function or work properly
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mess
[noun]
a situation with many problems or difficulties, caused particularly by someone who is careless
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mishap
[noun]
a minor accident that has no serious consequences
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odds
[noun]
circumstances that make it difficult to achieve something
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oversight
[noun]
a mistake made because of forgetting to do or not noticing something
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setback
[noun]
a problem that gets in the way of a process or makes it worse
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underdog
[noun]
an individual, team, etc. who is regarded as weaker compared to others and has little chance of success as a result
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to give sb trouble
[phrase]
to cause someone problems
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to no effect
[phrase]
not yielding the expected result
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up against
[phrase]
faced with a problem or difficult situation
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in the face of
[preposition]
despite a challenging or difficult situation
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at the expense of
[preposition]
causing a negative consequence or cost to someone or something in order to benefit another
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to evacuate
[verb]
to leave a place to be safe from a dangerous situation
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Murphy's law
[phrase]
a principle stating that if there is a possibility for a bad thing to happen, it will happen
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to walk a tightrope
[phrase]
to be in a situation where one has to be careful about every decision they make because even one mistake can pose a great risk
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