(adj.): Pertaining to the clergy or the church – recognized as an authority in ecclesiastic matters. Antonyms: secular, lay
(noun): A clergyman – an ecclesiastic of liberal views.
A public command or proclamation issued by an authority – proclaimed by royal edict.
To instruct or uplift, particularly in morals or religion – a story that edifiesthe reader, as well as entertains him
No longer productive; hence, lacking in or, worn out – powerful in ancient days, now an effete civilization.
Conceited – an egotisticperson, flourishing on praise.
Synonyms: egocentric, vain
Outstandingly bad an egregiousmistake with serious implications.
To exclaim or utter suddenly – ejaculateda cry of horror.
To draw out – elicitedno response from the audience.
Synonyms: evoke, extract, extort
To make clear; to explain – elucidatedhis theory so that even a schoolboy could understand it.
A person sent on an errand or mission – delegated his emissary to conclude a pact.
To cause, produce, or stir up-an act that engenderedgood will.
Boredom; weariness of mind-fell asleep at the meeting from sheer ennui.
To follow or result-Silence ensuedwhen the leader arose to speak.
To beg earnestly – entreatedthe judge to show mercy.
Synonyms: solicit, supplicate, beseech, implore, importune;
(adj.) importunate, mendicant, suppliant
Very short-lived – an ephemeraljoy, lasting but a day.
Synonyms: fleeting, transitory, transient, evanescent
(noun): A person devoted to luxurious living and pleasure – an epicurean, seeking to enjoy every meal.
(adj.): Pleasure-loving – His entire existence demonstrated his epicureantastes.
A brief pointed saying – a speech full of original epigrams.
Synonyms: maxim proverb, adage
A tombstone inscription – an epitaphengraved on marble.
A phrase that describes a quality (good or bad) in a person or thing – “Glaring” error is a commonly used epithet.
Synonyms: characterization , appellation
(adj.: EQUABLE): Evenness of temper or mind – suffered his cruel fate with equanimity.
Synonyms: serenity, composure, imperturbability, aplomb
(noun: ERRATUM): To be mistaken or go astray – To err is human, to forgive divine.
Synonyms: stray, blunder
Irresponsible, eccentric; lacking a fixed purpose erratic behavior, reflecting his queer ideas.
Learned – an erudite person, an editor of many books.
Synonyms: scholarly , knowing
Understood by only a select few – an esoteric subject, discussed only by scholars.
Synonyms: abstruse, recondite
Objectionable – exceptionable behavior, universally criticized.
Synonyms: questionable, reprehensible, censurable
To free from blame – exculpated by a jury.
Synonyms: vindicate, exonerate, absolve, acquit
Antonyms: arraign, indict, inculpate
(noun: EXEMPLAR): Serving as a model; commendable – exemplary conduct approved by all.
Synonyms: illustrative, typical; praiseworthy, laudable
Departure, emigration – the pathetic exodus of refugees from their homeland.
Strange and foreign – an exotic costume imported from Asia.
To speak or write at great length – He expatiated on the subject for two hours.
(verb): To banish or exile; to withdraw from one’s country – expatriated for treachery to his country.
(noun): An expatriated person – expatriates who left the United States to live in Paris.
(adj.): Convenient in helping to attain some purpose – found it expedient to maintain silence at that moment.
Synonyms: opportune, seasonable
(noun): A means to accomplish something – tried all expedients to achieve a quick result.
(verb): To use for one’s selfish purpose – refugees exploited by unscrupulous employers.
(noun): A brilliant deed – lauded for his exploits in science.
(noun: EXPOSITION): To set forth in detail; to explain – expounded his theory in a learned article.
To purify (usually a piece of writing) of offensive material – expurgate all obscenities before the book could be sold.
Synonyms: purge, delete
Done or spoken on the spur of the moment or without preparation – an extemporaneous speech.
Synonyms: impromptu, offhand
No longer existing or active – the extinct dinosaur, alive only in history.
To root out, destroy totally – extirpated the cause of trouble.
Synonyms: eradicate, exterminate, efface, obliterate
Not essential; foreign; irrelevant – excluded material extraneous to the subject.
Synonyms: extrinsic, adventitious
Antonyms: germane, intrinsic, inherent, relevant, pertinent
Great rejoicing – received the good news with exultation.
Synonym: jubilationread more