1. a person who habitually pretends to be something he is not

    Synonyms : poser
    Type Of : exhibitionist, show-off


  1. a sign of something about to happen

    Synonyms : omen, presage, prodigy, prognostic, prognostication
    Type Of : foretoken, preindication, sign, augury


  1. indicate, as with a sign or an omen

    Synonyms : augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
    Type Of : indicate, betoken, point, signal, bespeak


  1. the government of the Roman Catholic Church

    Synonyms : papacy
    Type Of : regime, government, authorities
  2. administer a pontifical office

    Type Of : administrate, administer
  3. talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner

    Type Of : speak, talk
    Examples :
    • The new professor always pontificates


  1. slow and laborious because of weight

    Synonyms : heavy, lumbering
    Examples :
    • ponderous prehistoric beasts
    • a ponderous yawn
  2. having great mass and weight and unwieldiness

    Examples :
    • a ponderous stone
    • a ponderous burden
    • ponderous weapons
  3. labored and dull

    Examples :
    • a ponderous speech


  1. of or involving dispute or controversy

    Synonyms : polemic


  1. in full control of your faculties

    Synonyms : collected, equanimous, self-collected, self-contained, self-possessed
    Examples :
    • perfectly poised and sure of himself
  2. marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action

    Examples :
    • a gull in poised flight
    • George's poised hammer


  1. arousing affect

    Synonyms : affecting, touching
    Examples :
    • poignant grief cannot endure forever
  2. keenly distressing to the mind or feelings

    Examples :
    • poignant anxiety


  1. a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it

    Synonyms : ambo, dais, pulpit, rostrum, soapbox, stump
    Type Of : platform


  1. drop sharply

    Synonyms : plump
    Type Of : drop
    Examples :
    • The stock market plummeted
  2. the metal bob of a plumb line

    Synonyms : plumb, plumb bob
    Type Of : bob