magnum n. a thing of a type that is larger than normal, in particularopus n. any artistic work, especially one on a large scale
So concluded the historian Arnold Toynbee in his 12-volume magnum opus A Study of History, which was an exploration of the rise and fall of 28 different civilizations.
prequel n. a story or movie containing events that precede those of an existing workspin-off n. a byproduct or incidental result of a larger project
There was talk of releasing a Star Wars film every year; of an interconnected universe stitched together through a combination of sequels, prequels, and spin-offs.
evangelist n. a person who seeks to convert others to the Christian faith, especially by public preachingresurrection n. state of one risen from the dead
At huge rallies, German evangelist Bonnke claimed to heal people using the powers of God, and he also told followers he had witnessed resurrections.
trove n. a store of valuable or delightful thingsinfiltrate v. access to somewhere surreptitiously and gradually, especially to acquire secret information
Wang is seeking asylum in Australia after he has offered a trove of confidential information, such as his organization having infiltrated into some universities.
remorseful a. annoyed, regretful, vexedhindsight n. understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed
Prince Andrew was, if not remorseful, then clear that with hindsight he had done the wrong thing.
intercession n. the action of intervening on behalf of anotherpreeminent a. surpassing all others; very distinguished in some way
His request was aided by the intercession of the public Polish TV network, and the support of Poland's preeminent World War II expert, who approved the script.
painstaking a. extremely careful and correct, and involving a lot of effortpost-mortem n. a medical examination of a dead person's body in order to find out the cause of death
As the painstaking process of 39 individual post-mortem examinations begin, a Chinese newspaper said that the UK and Europe must accept responsibility for the deaths.
short-change v. give less than the correct amount of change toprosthetic a. denoting an artificial body part, such as a limb, a heart, or a breast implant
The sequel short-changes Angelina Jolie's heroine, of the glaring green contact lenses, black horns on her head and ultra-sharp prosthetic cheekbones.
prompt v. give or show without delaywhistle-blower n. one who reveals something covert or who informs against another