1. make rigid and set into a conventional pattern

    Synonyms : petrify, rigidify
    Type Of : stiffen
  2. become bony

    Type Of : change state, turn
  3. cause to become hard and bony

    Type Of : alter, change, modify


  1. of or pertaining to or characteristic of Judaism

    Synonyms : jewish-orthodox
  2. of or relating to or characteristic of the Eastern Orthodox Church

    Synonyms : eastern orthodox, greek orthodox, russian orthodox
  3. adhering to what is commonly accepted

    Antonyms : unorthodox
    Examples :
    • an orthodox view of the world


  1. marked by elaborate rhetoric and elaborated with decorative details

    Synonyms : flowery
    Examples :
    • ornate rhetoric taught out of the rule of Plato


  1. order by virtue of superior authority; decree

    Synonyms : enact
    Type Of : decree
    Examples :
    • The King ordained the persecution and expulsion of the Jews
  2. appoint to a clerical posts

    Synonyms : consecrate, order, ordinate
    Type Of : vest, invest, enthrone
    Examples :
    • he was ordained in the Church
  3. invest with ministerial or priestly authority

    Type Of : vest, invest, enthrone
    Examples :
    • The minister was ordained only last month
  4. issue an order

    Type Of : decree


  1. ostentatiously rich and superior in quality

    Synonyms : deluxe, gilded, grand, lush, luxurious, princely, sumptuous


  1. hard or impossible to understand

    Synonyms : unintelligible
  2. not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight

    Antonyms : clear
    Examples :
    • opaque windows of the jail
    • opaque to X-rays


  1. an onerous or difficult concern

    Synonyms : burden, encumbrance, incumbrance, load
    Type Of : concern, headache, vexation, worry


  1. not easily borne; wearing

    Synonyms : burdensome, taxing
    Examples :
    • my duties weren't onerous; I only had to greet the guests


  1. infinitely wise

    Synonyms : all-knowing


  1. having unlimited power

    Synonyms : all-powerful, almighty