Vocabulary Building 2
Vocabulary Building 2 … Articulate writing through use of right words …
Fill in the blank choosing the right word from the three words given below the sentence.
a. Smith was an attractive young man in the office. Two girl colleagues vied with one another to attract his attention. There was the vivacious Anne and the silent Lara. She was not so gifted as Anne. Everyone thought Anne will carry the day, and Lara will be left with a broken heart. But, there was one minus in Anne. She was ________ by nature. Smith wanted a life partner, not so much a sizzling bed partner. Finally, Lara won the race, and Anne was left broken-hearted.
(Cohort, Calumny, Capricious)
b. Some African countries very rich in natural resources fail to attract foreign investors because they have military dictators who are not only corrupt, but _________ .
(Blithe, Capricious, Sagacious)
c. The old couple loved to take their evening stroll together. It had formed part of their daily life ever since they got married some half a century ago. When they ________ along the long sea beach hand in hand, a heavenly feeling of warmth filled their minds.
(Cascade, Sauntered, Cankered)
d. One of the major reasons for Congress Party’s ignominious defeat in the elections was Sonia Gandhi’s attempt to ___________ her son Rahul as prime minister replacing Dr. Manmohan Singh midway through his second term.
(Supplant, Turncoat, Cohort)
e. When African countries are ravaged by natural disasters, AIDS, and ethnic strife, some western leaders choose to look on _________ citing economic difficulties at home. In contrast, the prompt and robust French intervention in Mali in the past few weeks has surprised many observers. The trigger, apparently, was the emergence of Al-Qeda type militias there. France wanted to nip the problem in the bud.
(Blithely, Nonchalantly, Discern)
f. Pandit Nehru was the most charismatic prime minister of India, besides being a world politician. Pakistan, unfortunately, did not have the good luck of having a political leader to match Nehru’s image, honesty and dedication to duty. Not having a popular and __________ political leader in the last 65 years of its existence has been at the root of Pakistan’s fluid and rancorous domestic politics.
(Nascent, Sagacious, Niggardly)
g. America’s CIA is quite adept in carrying out ___________ operations against hideous characters inside and outside the country. The on-going drone attacks against terrorists in the North West Frontier Provinces region are part of this strategy.
(Cohort, Covert, Cataclysm)
h. Gorbachov, the last president of the undivided Soviet Union, had launched his policy of Glasnost and Perestroika with the lofty objective of ridding the country of the moth-balled Communist system. However, this well-meaning policy proved to be his _______.
(Servitude, Cabal, Nemesis)
i. The unscrupulous politicians of Indian politics indulge in _________ against their equally vile opponents. This happens so frequently and so brazenly that the public have begun to find these statements sickening and utterly boring.