11 terms

Lesson 7 Key Words

antebellum adj.
Of a period before a war, especially the American Civil War.
antecedent n.
1. A thing or event that comes before something.

2. In grammar, the noun that an adjective describes

3. In grammar, the noun to which a pronoun refers
anterior adj.
Coming before in position or time.
As an adjective: Ahead of the times, especially in the arts.

As a noun: A group that is ahead of the times.
vanguard n.
1. The group of soldiers or ships, in an army or fleet, that are closest to the front of a battle.

2. Leaders of a movement, fashion, etc...
precept n.
A command; a rule of conduct

As an adjective: perceptive
predestination n.
The belief that what happens in human life has already been determined by some higher power.

As a verb: predestinate; predestine

As an adjective: predestined
preempt, pre-empt v.
To take possession of something before anyone else can do so.

As a noun: preemption

As an adjective: preemptive
premonition n.
A warning in advance

As an adjective: premonitory
preposterous adj.
Absurd; going against nature or reason.

As an adverb: preposterously

As a noun: preposterousness
pretentious adj.
Showy, pompous; claiming something that is not justified.

As a noun: pretension, pretentiousness

As an adverb: pretentiously