The Ultimate Vocabulary Builder: From Pontificate to Preposterous

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The Ultimate Vocabulary Builder

From Pontificate to Preposterous

Pontificate - to speak pompously or dogmatically

Porous - filled with many tiny holes; permeable; absorbent

Posterity - future generations; descendants; heirs

Posthumous - occurring after one's death; published after the death of the author

Posture - to act or speak artificially or affectedly

Prattle - to chatter on and on; to babble childishly

Precarious - dangerously insecure or unsteady

Precocious - unusually mature; uncommonly gifted

Predecessor - someone or something that precedes in time

Predicament - a dangerous or unpleasant situation; a dilemma

Predispose - to make susceptible; to put in a frame of mind for; to incline toward

Predominant - most important; dominant; having power over others

Pregnant - highly significant; overflowing

Prelude - introduction; something that precedes something else

Premeditated - planned beforehand; prearranged; plotted

Preponderance - superiority in weight, number, size, extent, influence, etc.; majority; predominance

Presage - to portent; to foreshadow; to forecast or predict

Presentiment - the feeling that something (especially something bad) is about to happen

Presumably - probably; the assumption is that; doubtless

Presuppose - to assume beforehand; to take for granted in advance; to require as a prior condition

Protrude - extend beyond or above a surface

Uncouth - lacking good manners, refinement, or grace; lacking sophistication or delicacy

Warm - of or at a fairly or comfortably high temperature; having, showing, or expressive of enthusiasm, affection, or kindness

Repress - subdue by force; restrain, prevent, or inhibit

Irrational - not logical or reasonable

Paradigm - a typical example or pattern of something; a model

Ponder - think about something carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion

Clarify - make a statement or situation less confused and more clearly comprehensible; melt in order to separate out the impurities

Sinister - giving the impression that something harmful or evil is happening or will happen; of, on, or toward the left-hand side

Preposterous - contrary to reason or common sense; utterly absurd or ridiculous

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