3 secrets of resilient people | Lucy Hone

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


Sergeants are the highest ranking officers in the army. They are usually responsible for leading a platoon or a company.

  • The sergeant was very angry and had a lot to say to his troops.
  • The sergeant was very disappointed with the soldiers.

If something is smashed to pieces, it's called smithereens. This is a very strong word that is usually used to describe something that is destroyed completely.

  • The vase was smashed to pieces when he threw it across the room.
  • The book was smashed to pieces when he threw it across the room.

Estrangement is a feeling of separation or hostility between two people. It can happen when one person feels that the other person is no longer a part of their life.

  • The estrangement between the two families started when the father left the country.
  • The estrangement between the two friends started when they disagreed on a political issue.

Appraising something is judging it according to its worth. You might appraisal a piece of art, a situation, or a person.

  • The appraiser was appraising the painting critically.
  • The appraiser was appraising the situation critically.

To say that something is hardwired is to say that it is something that is built into someone's DNA. Some things are hardwired into our brains, and we can't control them.

  • Some people are hardwired to be criminals.
  • Animals are hardwired to be afraid of snakes.

To pore over something is to study it very carefully. You might pore over a piece of literature, or you might pore over a map to plan your route.

  • He pored over the information for hours, trying to figure out the answer.
  • She pored over the map for hours, trying to find the best route to take.

To transgress is to break a rule or law. Sometimes people use the word to describe the act of doing something that is not very good.

  • The teacher warned the students not to transgress the rules, but they didn't listen.
  • The student violated the rules by talking in class.

To veer is to move off course, to go off the path that you were supposed to follow. When you veer off the road, you can end up in a lot of trouble.

  • He veered off the road and crashed into a tree.
  • The politician veered away from the question and gave a long speech instead.