Definition: (noun) A state of extreme poverty or destitution. Synonyms: indigence, penury, need. Usage: Two children begged for money on the subway, and their pauperism weighed heavily on the minds of the train's passengers. Discuss
Definition: (noun) Abandonment of one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause. Synonyms: defection, renunciation. Usage: He had been very devoted to his cause, so when he declared his apostasy to the crowd, there was an audible gasp.
Definition: (noun) A visible trace, evidence, or sign of something that once existed but exists or appears no more. Synonyms: tincture, trace, shadow. Usage: He was so deadly pale—which had not been the case when they went in together—that no vestige of color was to be seen in his face.