Advanced Vocabulary 10
1. RETRIBUTION: Revenge, punishment
- When the tribes refused to pay tribute to their emperor, the romans sacked and destroyed their villages in retribution.
- Fanatic militants coax innocent young boys to avenge retribution.
- Rahim Khan couldn’t marry the one he loved, so he swore retribution towards the whole society.
- You feeling of retribution is understandable but you should consider compassion and forgiveness.
- Retribution is never going to bring back what you have lost.
2. RUE: To regret
- Ruth rued the day when her man went away.
- I rue the decision to start another company.
- I rue the day I decided to marry you.
- He didn’t listen to anyone before deciding to quit his job. Now, he rues it everyday.
- I rue the fact that I didn’t become disciplined earlier. I could have accomplished so much more.
3. PLAUSIBLE: Believable
- Although I didn’t go to the concert myself, it is plausible that the band received a lot of applause after its performance.
- It is plausible but not very probable.
- This idea might be a great one but it’s not very plausible.
- You should try to give more plausible examples.
- Your new theory is quite plausible, but it’s still a theory.
4. RUSTIC: Of or pertaining to the countryside.
- The rusty old car in the front yard marred the otherwise picture perfect rustic scene.
- He offered me rustic warm bread, whipped cream and water.
- I want to leave this rustic life and travel the world.
- Only now can I fully understand how rustic that old office must have been for you.
- I own a house in the village,its quite rustic but beautiful.
5. QUANDARY: A state of uncertainty or perplexity, dilemma
- John is in a quandary over his laundry and is wondering why he always loses a sock at the end of the cycle.
- I am in a quandary over what to wear at the party.
- Making students apply what they learn poses a quandary for the teachers.
- The new government is in quandary over changing policies of the old government.
- After reading the book I was left in a quandary on the subject.
6. PRAGMATIC: Practical, Sensible
- Most of the people think that its more practical and pragmatic to drive an automatic car.
- We need to quickly find a sensible and a pragmatic solution to our problem.
- Pragmatic people are often found to take decisions quickly.
- You are a pragmatic person, how can you let this happen?
- I gave him a pragmatic advice but he didn’t follow it and now he is in trouble.
7. RECLUSE: A person who shuns society, a hermit
- A recluse closes himself from everybody.
- He became a recluse and went to a quiet hill station.
- I am a recluse when I work, I don’t need a babbling companion at that time.
- He has returned from the forest but he is still a recluse at heart.
- I attend only a few parties just to make everyone believe that I am not a recluse.
8. ARDUOUS: Hard, difficult, exhausting
- A task that is arduous is difficult for us.
- It was an arduous hike, it took every bit of strength I had.
- If you are highly motivated, even the arduous tasks become easy.
- He made an arduous journey across the desert.
- There is an arduous task that you have to undertake.
9. BOORISH: Offensive, Rude
- I believe that fans who do nothing but boo are boorish.
- He is a boorish husband, and is rude to her all the time.
- I only behave boorishly with boorish people.
- Boorish behaviour has become a matter of pride for some people.
- You should keep away from the time wasters at the cost of sounding boorish.
10. PRETENTIOUS: Acting in a superior or conceited manner.
- Pretentious people like to pretend that they are better than everyone else.
- I hate it when people walk into my office with a pretentious attitude.
- I want to learn how to deal with pretentious people.
- If you are a pretentious person, if you think you are superior than others, then you are a fool.
- There is no one here who is pretentious. All of us respect each other very much.