Meaning: a thing presented or offered to God or a god.
Synonym: religious ceremony, Offertory, religious offering
Usage: Neither bread nor parched corn nor fresh ears shall be eaten until the oblation is made.
Meaning: intrusively enthusiastic in offering help or advice; interfering.
Synonym: interfering, intrusive, meddlesome
Usage: “the security people were very officious”
Meaning: a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound.
Synonym: shading, gradation, variation, modulation, degree
Usage: “he was familiar with the nuances of the local dialect”
Meaning: the period or state of being a novice, especially in a religious order.
Synonym: probationary period, probation, trial period, test period, apprenticeship, training period,
Usage: in 1868 he began a three-year novitiate”
Meaning: so foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing.
Synonym: absurd, ridiculous, farcical, laughable, risible, preposterous, foolish, idiotic, stupid, inane, silly, asinine, nonsensical
Usage: “it’s ludicrous that I have been fined”
Meaning: resembling a meteor in speed or in sudden and temporary brilliance
Synonym: rapid, lightning, swift, fast, quick, speedy, breakneck, fast-track, accelerated,
Usage: In only a short time, he’d had a meteoric career.
Meaning: an unorthodox or independent-minded person.
Synonym: individualist, nonconformist, free spirit, unconventional person,
Usage: “a maverick detective”
Synonym: enormous, gigantic, giant, colossal,
Usage: “a mammoth corporation”
Meaning: disturbing because concerned with or causing a fear of death.
Synonym: gruesome, horrid, horrendous, dreadful, appalling, loathsome, repugnant
Usage: “a macabre series of murders”
Meaning: characterized by or displaying great generosity.
Synonym: generous, bountiful, open-handed, magnanimous, philanthropic,
Antonym: mean, niggardly, miserly
Usage: “a munificent bequest”