[Advanced English Vocab] 12B. GOOD AND BAD RELATIONSHIPS
Originated from Michael McCarthy & Felicity O’Dell, English Vocabulary in Use Advanced, Third Edition, page 30.
I used to think Kate as a friend but now I realize she has been two-faced towards me.
- two-faced towards → insincere; pleasant with someone and then unpleasant about them behind their back.
Russia and America were allies in the war.
- allies (n): countries or people who join together to fight for a common cause
We were business partners but now we’re bitter/arch rivals. Indeed, I could say we are now sworn enemies.
- business partners (n): people who own business together
- bitter/arch rivals /ˌɑːrtʃ ˈraɪvl/ (n): people in competition with each other in a negative, aggressive way.
- sworn /swɔːrn/ enemies (n): people who will always hate each other
Fergus has been disloyal to me on a number of occasions.
- disloyal to (adj)
Okay, I was dishonest with you. I’m sorry, but I didn’t want to hurt you.
- dishonest with (adj)
Sam has been very distant towards me recently.
- distant towards (adj): not friendly, cold
Jamie has always been scrupulously honest in his dealings with us.
- scrupulously /ˈskruːpjələsli/ (adv): in a way that takes care to be honest and do what is right [=// unscrupulously]
I would expect complete and unswerving loyalty from a true friend.
- unswerving /ʌnˈswɜːrvɪŋ/ (adj): strong and not changing or becoming weaker.
Monica has always been my staunchest ally at work. I can always rely on her to support me.
- staunch /stɔːntʃ/ (adj): always showing strong support in your opinions and attitude
I was amazed that someone who called herself my friend could be so deeply critical of me.
- deeply critical of