Honors English 11 Vocab List 16

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Honors English 11 Vocab List 16
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  1. PILFER
    (verb) To steal (things of little value)
  2. PLATITUDE
    (noun) A dull and commonplace remark solemnly expressed
  3. PLEBEIAN
    (adj) Pertaining to the common people
  4. PLEBISCITE
    (noun) A direct vote by the people on a political measure officially submitted to them
  5. PLETHORA
    (noun) The state of being full to excess
  6. POIGNANT
    (adj) Evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret (applies to true emotions, not maudlin or histrionic)
  7. POSTHUMOUS
    (adj) Occurring after a person’s death (most commonly used as an adjective)
  8. PRECARIOUS
    (adj) Dependent on circumstances or chances that are outside one’s control; hence, very uncertain, risky or insecure
  9. PRECEDENT
    (noun) Something that has happened before which may serve as an example or model for future acts of the same kind.
  10. PRECLUDE
    (verb) To prevent or render ineffectual or impossible by taking necessary steps beforehand.
  11. PRECOCIOUS
    (adj) Of remarkably early artistic or mental development
  12. PRECURSOR
    (noun) A person or thing that goes before to indicate what is to follow.
  13. PREDATORY
    (adj) Characterized by plundering, stalking
  14. PREDILECTION
    (noun) Favorable opinion of a person or thing arrived at beforehand; preference
  15. PREROGATIVE
    (noun) A privilege, an advantage or power assumed as of right or inherent in an office or rank.
  16. PRESCIENT
    (adj) Having knowledge of events before they take place
  17. PREVARICATE
    (verb) To evade the truth by quibbling or misrepresentation
  18. PRODIGIOUS
    (adj) Remarkably or impressively large
  19. PROLIFIC
    (adj) Highly productive of ideas or creative work.
  20. PROPINQUITY
    (noun) Nearness in time or place or blood kinship

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