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2BR02BKurt Vonnegut liked to write about imaginary worlds. Some time ago we featured Harrison Bergeron, a story of his about a n world. In 2BR02B, Earth enjoys a n future. There are no poor, no slums, no prisons, no wars. There is no madness, disability or disease. Even aging has been cured. Everything is perfect… unless of course you want to bring a child into the world.

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(n: dystopia pl dystopias) An imaginary place where people are unhappy and usually afraid because they are not treated fairly.
(adj: dystopian) Of or like a dystopia.

(n: utopia pl utopias) An imaginary place in which the government, laws, and social conditions are perfect. ( ดินแดนในอุดมคติ)
(adj: utopian) 1. Of or like a utopia. 2. [of plans for benefiting mankind] Desirable, but idealistic and impossible. Utopian schemes. (เกี่ยวกับดินแดนในอุดมคติ) 9000

appointment(n: appointment pl appointments) 1. An agreement to meet with someone at a particular time. I'm going to be late for my doctor's appointment. 2. A job or duty that is given to a person; a position to which someone is appointed. He was appointed as ambassador to Germany. 1000

branch(n: branch pl branches) An arm-like part of a tree that grows out from the central part. 2000

(n: bureau pl bureaus) 1. A piece of furniture with several drawers in which clothes are kept; a chest of drawers. 2. A writing-desk with drawers. 3. An office for collecting and supplying information etc. A news bureau. 4. [In some countries] a government department or part of a government department. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) 4000

cure(v: cure, cures, cured, curing) 1. To stop a disease and make someone healthy again. The infection was cured with antibiotics. 2. To make better or solve a problem. That medicine cured me. His wife cured him of his bad habits.
(n: cure pl cures) Something that cures a disease. They're trying to find a cure for cancer. 3000

demand(v: demand, demands, demanded, demanding) 1. A forceful statement in which you say that something must be done or given to you. I demand an explanation. 2. A strong need or requirement for something. This demands careful thought. 2000

depress(v: depress, depresses, depressed, depressing) To make someone feel sad, unhappy or have little hope.
(adj: depressing) Causing someone to feel depressed. 2000

disease(n: disease pl diseases) An illness that affects a person, animal, or plant; a condition that prevents the body or mind from working normally. She has the measles. She's suffering from kidney disease. 2000

disposal(phrasal verb: dispose of) To throw something away; to get rid of something. I've disposed of your old coat.
(n: disposal pl disposals) The act of throwing away or getting rid of something. 3000

federal(adj: federal) 1. Of or relating to a form of government in which power is shared between a central government and individual states, provinces, etc. A federal government/system. 2. Of or relating to the central government of a country. A federal court/judge/law/employee. 4000

(n: gas-chamber pl gas-chambers) A room in which people or animals are killed by poisonous gas.

heaven(n: heaven, singular) In some religions, the place where God or the gods live, and where good people go when they die. Also known as 'Paradise'. 2000
(n: heavens) Used informally to make a statement or question more forceful or to express surprise, etc. Good heavens! Have you won the lottery again?; Heaven's above, I haven't seen you in years.

honor(n: honor pl honors; British honour) 1. Respect given to someone or something that is admired. We fight for the honor of our country. 2. Something [such as a title or medal] that is given to a person as a sign of respect. He has received many honors for his research into cancer. 3. The quality of being honest. He is a man of honor. 2000

hostess(n: hostess pl hostesses) 1. A woman who is entertaining guests socially or as a job. We were greeted by our hostess. 2. A woman whose job it is to greet and help people in a restaurant or on an airplane or ship. An airline hostess. 7000

mustache(n: mustache pl mustaches; British moustache) The hair on the upper lip of a man. 5000

naught(n: naught, singular; British nought) 1. Nil, nothing, zero. 2. A complete failure. All my efforts came to naught. 2000

population(n: population pl populations) The number of people who live in a place. The population of New York City is over eight million. 2000

seaweed(n: seaweed pl seaweeds) A type of plant that grows in the sea. 9000

soil(n: soil pl soils) The top layer of earth in which plants grow. This kind of plant grows well in sandy soil. (ดิน) 3000

tights(n: stockings, plural) Clothing for women made of thin material that fits closely over the feet and legs and goes up to the waist. Also called pantyhose [American] or tights [British] (ถุงน่องแบบแพนตี้โฮส) 4000

terminate(n: termination pl terminations) 1. An act of ending something. (การสิ้นสุด) 2. An operation to end a pregnancy before the mother would have given birth; an abortion. (การทำแท้ง) 3000

triplets(n: triplet pl triplets) One of three babies that are born at the same time to the same mother.; usually plural. She had triplets. (หนึ่งในแฝดสามคน) 8000

weeds(n: weed pl weeds) A plant that grows where it is not wanted, especially one that covers or kills more desirable plants. We pulled weeds from the garden. (วัชพืช) 3000

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