Definition: (noun) Sudden impairment of neurological function, especially that resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage.
Synonyms: stroke, cerebrovascular accident.
Usage: The medical evidence showed conclusively that death was due to apoplexy.
Definition: (adjective) Of very poor quality; unequivocally detestable.
Synonyms: hateful, odious, deplorable.
Usage: The meal they were served was execrable from beginning to end, but they were too hungry to care.
Definition: (noun) A great work, especially a literary or artistic masterpiece.
Usage: <i>Paradise Lost</i> is generally considered to be Milton’s magnum opus.
Definition: (verb) To drive off or scatter in different directions.
Synonyms: dissipate, spread, dispel.
Usage: When it seemed that a riot was about to start, the police arrived to disperse the crowd.
Definition: (noun) Prudent management; economy.
Synonyms: foresight, prudence, economy.
Usage: Because of Father’s providence, we were all able to go to college.
Definition: (verb) To change into bone; to become set in a rigidly conventional pattern.
Synonyms: rigidify, petrify.
Usage: It takes millions of years for organic remains to ossify and turn into fossils.
Definition: (noun) A social outcast.
Synonyms: castaway, leper, untouchable.
Usage: The rumors of his traitorous actions were enough to make him a pariah among his peers, though nothing was ever proven.
Definition: (adjective) Scorching; burning.
Synonyms: fervent, fiery, ardent, burning.
Usage: The torrid noonday sun shone down on the travelers in the desert.
Definition: (noun) The quality of appearing to be true or real.
Usage: While recounting the preposterous tale, he threw in a few convincing details to add verisimilitude to the narrative.
Definition: (adjective) Shining radiantly; resplendent.
Synonyms: effulgent, radiant, beaming.
Usage: Standing by the edge of the sea, they witnessed a refulgent sunset.