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Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences from two English texts?
“In eight days, his Spanish troops and German mercenaries killed around 4,000 Romans and looted works of art and literature.”
loot (v) = spoil, plunder, ravage
“The reports offered a grim backdrop to talks on Wednesday afternoon in Washington between President Obama and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, whose office called the civilian deaths “unjustifiable and unacceptable.”
backdrop = back-cloth, sets, set-scene
Thank you for your efforts.
Yes, but here you should interpret backdrop metaphorically, as context or situation.