Vocab Master Day – 25


Meaning: an approach that evaluates theories or beliefs in terms of the success of their practical application.

Synonym: Logical, practical

Sentence: “ideology had been tempered with pragmatism


Meaning: making a show of being morally superior to other people.

Synonym: self-righteous,

Antonym: forthright, honest

Sentence: “what happened to all the sanctimonious talk about putting his family first?”


Meaning: defeat thoroughly.

Synonym: conquer, defeat

Antonym: surrender

Sentence: “he successfully vanquished his rival”


Meaning: a stock of plays, dances, or items that a company or a performer knows or is prepared to perform.

Synonym: collection, stock, range, repertory

Sentence: “the mainstream concert repertoire


Meaning: existing at or from the beginning of time; primeval.

Synonym: first, prehistoric, antediluvian, antique,

Antonym: modern

Sentence: “the primordial oceans”

6.Prima donna

Meaning: the chief female singer in an opera or opera company.

Synonym: leading soprano, leading lady, diva

Sentence: “this solo was added to give the prima donna another aria”


Meaning: a tendency to choose or do something regularly; an inclination or predisposition towards a particular thing.

Synonym: liking, inclination, tendency, leaning, disposition, propensity,

Sentence: “a proclivity for hard work”


Meaning: having or conveying a feeling of deep seriousness and sadness

Synonym: solemn, earnest, serious,

Antonym: cheerful, bright

Sentence: “he looked at her with a sombre expression”

9. Solvent

Meaning: having assets in excess of liabilities; able to pay one’s debts.

Synonym: financially sound, able to pay one’s debts, debt-free

Antonym: in debt

Sentence: “interest rate rises have very severe effects on normally solvent companies”

10. Sojourn

Meaning: a temporary stay., stay somewhere temporarily.

Synonym: stay, visit, stop, stopover, residence;

Sentence: “her sojourn in Rome”