Advanced vocabulary

Advanced Russian vocabulary from our “Russian Word of the Day” series. Every word comes with a picture, audio and two examples.

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за́дним число́м [zád-neem chees-lóm] Phrase
post factum, backdating
самоу́чка [sa-ma-úch-ka] Noun , masculine or feminine
self-taught person
упусти́ть [u-pus-téet'] Verb , perfective
to miss, to overlook, to let go / slip
обно́вка [ab-nóv-ka] Noun , feminine
new outfit or acquisition
назло́ [naz-ló] Adverb
out of spite
шири́нка [shee-réen-ka] Noun , feminine
прозева́ть [pra-zee-vát'] Verb , perfective
to yawn (throughout); to miss an opportunity
кише́ть [kee-shét'] Verb , imperfective
to throng, to teem, to swarm, to crawl with
вре́дничать [vryéd-nee-chat'] Verb , imperfective
to act in spite, contrary to somebody's interests or desires
придира́ться [pree-dee-rá-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to find fault, to carp, to cavil, to nag, to pick on
потака́ть [pa-ta-kát'] Verb , imperfective
to indulge, to cater/to pander, to humour
поступа́ться [pas-tu-pá-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to renounce, to give up, to forgo, to waive
опеча́тка [a-pee-chát-ka] Noun , feminine
misprint, typo
обрусе́ть [ab-ru-syét'] Verb , perfective
become russified / russianized
отстава́ть [at-sta-vát'] Verb , imperfective
to lag behind, to be behind
нажива́ться [na-zhee-vá-tsa] Verb , imperfective
to make a profit out of somebody's work or loss
копи́лка [ka-péel-ka] Noun , feminine
piggy bank, money box
плести́сь [plees-tées'] Verb , imperfective
to drag oneself along, to trudge