predilection

  1. a strong liking

    Synonyms : penchant, preference, taste
    Type Of : liking
  2. a predisposition in favor of something

    Synonyms : orientation, preference
    Type Of : predisposition
    Examples :
    • a predilection for expensive cars

proliferate

  1. cause to grow or increase rapidly

    Type Of : manifold, multiply
    Examples :
    • We must not proliferate nuclear arms
  2. grow rapidly

    Type Of : grow
    Examples :
    • Pizza parlors proliferate in this area

pique

  1. a sudden outburst of anger

    Synonyms : irritation, temper
    Type Of : vexation, chafe, annoyance
  2. cause to feel resentment or indignation

    Synonyms : offend
    Type Of : anger
  3. tightly woven fabric with raised cords

    Type Of : material, textile, fabric, cloth

papyrus

  1. tall sedge of the Nile valley yielding fiber that served many purposes in historic times

    Synonyms : cyperus papyrus, egyptian paper reed, egyptian paper rush, paper plant, paper rush
    Type Of : sedge
  2. a document written on papyrus

    Type Of : papers, document, written document
  3. paper made from the papyrus plant by cutting it in strips and pressing it flat; used by ancient Egyptians and Greeks and Romans

    Type Of : paper

pied

  1. having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly

    Synonyms : calico, motley, multi-color, multi-colored, multi-colour, multi-coloured, multicolor, multicolored, multicolour, multicoloured, painted, particolored, particoloured, piebald, varicolored, varicoloured
    Examples :
    • pied daisies

presage

  1. a sign of something about to happen

    Synonyms : omen, portent, prodigy, prognostic, prognostication
    Type Of : augury, foretoken, preindication, sign
  2. indicate, as with a sign or an omen

    Synonyms : augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, portend, predict, prefigure, prognosticate
    Type Of : indicate, signal, bespeak, betoken, point
  3. a foreboding about what is about to happen

    Type Of : foreboding, presentiment, boding, premonition

panegyric

  1. formally expressing praise

    Synonyms : encomiastic, eulogistic, panegyrical
  2. a formal expression of praise

    Synonyms : encomium, eulogy, paean, pean
    Type Of : congratulations, extolment, kudos, praise

propensity

  1. a natural inclination

    Synonyms : leaning, proclivity
    Type Of : disposition, inclination, tendency
  2. a disposition to behave in a certain way

    Synonyms : aptness
    Type Of : disposition
    Examples :
    • the propensity of disease to spread
  3. an inclination to do something

    Synonyms : leaning, tendency
    Type Of : inclination

prone

  1. lying face downward

    Synonyms : prostrate
  2. having a tendency (to); often used in combination

    Examples :
    • a child prone to mischief
    • failure-prone

precipitate

  1. fall from clouds

    Synonyms : come down, fall
    Examples :
    • Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum
  2. done with very great haste and without due deliberation

    Synonyms : hasty, overhasty, precipitant, precipitous
    Examples :
    • wondered whether they had been rather precipitate in deposing the king
  3. a precipitated solid substance in suspension or after settling or filtering

    Type Of : solid
  4. bring about abruptly

    Type Of : effect, set up, effectuate
    Examples :
    • The crisis precipitated by Russia's revolution
  5. fall vertically, sharply, or headlong

    Type Of : descend, come down, fall, go down
    Examples :
    • Our economy precipitated into complete ruin
  6. hurl or throw violently

    Type Of : cast, hurl, hurtle
    Examples :
    • The bridge broke and precipitated the train into the river below
  7. separate as a fine suspension of solid particles

    Type Of : turn, change state