Meaning: a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant.
Synonym: mutation, modification, transition
Sentence: “her husband’s sharp vicissitudes of fortune”
Meaning: experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person.
Synonym: indirect, second-hand, secondary, derivative,
Sentence: “this catalogue brings vicarious pleasure in luxury living”
Meaning: severe in manner
Synonym: exacting, formal, cold
Antonym: flexible, bland, calm
Sentence:Quickly the light died out of his face, leaving it stern and austere.
Synonym: Backslider, defector, deserter
Antonym: adherent, loyalist, faithful
Sentence:after fifty years as an apostate he returned to the faith
Meaning: Servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise
Synonym: applause, commendation, flattery
Antonym: abuse, criticism
Sentence:The nation, following the lead of the political leaders, joined in their adulation.
Meaning: Careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment
Synonym: wise, sensible, reasonable
Antonym: careless, indiscreet, inattentive
Sentence:”That sacrifice may also be a prudent action,” observed Madeleine.
Meaning: A moment of sudden understanding or revelation
Synonym: Flash, oracle
Antonym: Confusion, Secret
Sentence:In the first grade, I experienced an epiphany that girls were always treated differently than boys.
Meaning: Suggestive of something in the past
Synonym: Evocative, redolent
Antonym: forgetful, oblivious
Sentence: Cannot forbears to close on this reminiscent literary note.
Meaning: the quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating.
Synonym: attraction, lure, draw, pull, appeal, glamour
Sentence: people for whom gold holds no allure”
Meaning: involving immoral or dishonourable actions and motives; arousing moral distaste and contempt., dirty or squalid.
Synonym: sleazy, seedy, seamy, unsavoury,
Antonym: immaculate, high-minded, respectable
Sentence: “the story paints a sordid picture of bribes and scams”