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Battle lines drawn

  • voluntary: Voting is under way in a non-binding, voluntary postal survey to measure support for reform.
  • vitriolic: The vitriolic abuse people experience for holding views in opposition to the legalisation of same-sex marriage is phenomenal," said Karina Ok otel, a federal vice president of the governing Liberal party, and a prominent figure in the " No" campaign.
  • phenomenal: The vitriolic abuse people experience for holding views in opposition to the legalisation of same-sex marriage is phenomenal," said Karina Ok otel, a federal vice president of the governing Liberal party, and a prominent figure in the " No" campaign.
  • vilify: A culture has developed whereby it is acceptable to vilify, mock, abuse and shame anyone who stands in the way, or even raises questions, about whether we should legalise same-sex marriage.
  • incite: Qantas is one of 1,300 companies to have joined the push to change the Marriage Act to include same-sex couples, and Mr Joyce has been worried that the postal vote would incite resentment and hostility on both sides of the argument.

The eagle protector

  • frightful: Early European explorers named the huge birds after the harpies of Greek mythology, predatory " frightful flying creatures with hooked beaks and claws ".
  • talon: Its talons can exert several hundred pounds of pressure, instantly killing their victim.
  • talon: Image copyright Whitley Fund for Nature Image caption The harpy's rear talons are about 7-10 cm long, the same size as a grizzly bear's claws.

Speed teens

  • amble: Local guides make a decent living from bringing guests up Trebevic and allowing them to amble on to the unrestored top half of the course.
  • stanchion: The lighting stanchions that once illuminated night-time racing are twisted and denuded of their bulbs; the track's refrigeration pipes have been ripped out; and, at the top of the course, the start houses are in ruins.
  • denude: The lighting stanchions that once illuminated night-time racing are twisted and denuded of their bulbs; the track's refrigeration pipes have been ripped out; and, at the top of the course, the start houses are in ruins.

Pacific threat

  • delegation: Kim Jong-un's statement- the first of its kind- came shortly after the North Korean delegation led by Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho arrived in New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly debate.
  • apotheosis: It also marks what is perhaps the apotheosis of a slowly simmering war of words between the Trump administration and the North Korean regime.
  • reclusive: While North Korea's state media serve as a propaganda tool, more often than not the reclusive state's regime tells us exactly what it wants and exactly what it is planning to do in these statements.
  • insult: First, even readers unaccustomed to North Korea's public messaging will note the wide range of ad hominem insults levied at Mr Trump in the statement.
  • bemoan: That Mr Kim chose to ignore it in a speech bemoaning the US president's threat to " destroy" his country appears notable in combination with his personalised critique of Mr Trump.