(Latin: adjective suffix signifying action or being; performing a particular acion)

1. A melodic ornament in which a principal tone is rapidly alternated with the tone a half or full step below.
2. Etymology: From German, from Italian mordente, from mordere, "to bite", from Latin mordere, from Latin mordre.
opulent (adjective), more opulent, most opulent
1. Characterized by an obvious lavish display of wealth, rich abundance, or affluence.
2. Possessing or exhibiting great wealth; being affluent; being ample; as, in richly abundant supply.
patient (adjective), patienter, patientest; more patient, most patient
1. Concerning someone who bears pains or trials calmly or without complaint; steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity: Tom wasn't sure if he could be patient enough to stay in bed all the time because he was sick and had to wait until he was completely well again.
2. Referring to a person who calmly tolerates delay, confusion, inefficiency, etc.:, Jackie had to be very patient for her family to arrive from Canada because the plane was late arriving from Toronto.
3. Etymology; Originally, patient, which comes from the Latin pati (to suffer), was applied to anyone who was under a doctor’s care because he was sick or injured, however patient has long since come to mean anyone who is under a doctor's care whether healthy or ill.
penitent (adjective), more penitent, most penitent
1. A reference to the expression of a person's feeling or showing sorrow, remorse, and regret because of having done something wrong: Luke had a penitent attitude with his parents when he accidentally broke a window in the house as he was throwing a baseball back and forth with a friend.
2. Etymology: from Latin paenitentem, referring to "a cause or a feeling of regret."
Expressing sorrow for wrong-doing.
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portent (s) (noun), portents (pl)
1. An omen that indicates that an event is about to occur; especially, an unfortunate one: When Kate slipped on the floor of the store, after coming in from the rain, she had the portent of severe injury to her right wrist that would result in pain for a long time while it was healing.
2. A sign or a warning that something which is usually bad or unpleasant is going to take place: The dark clouds and thunder and lightning were portents that it would soon be raining very hard.
3. Etymology: from Latin portentum, "a sign or an omen" from portemdere, "to foretell or to predict."
A forewarning that something is about to happen.
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potent (adjective), more potent, most potent
1. Powerful; mighty: Jack read about a potent and forceful fighting force in the newspaper.
2. Cogent; persuasive: Several potent and convincing arguments were in Greg's favor.
3. Regarding something that produces powerful physical or chemical effects: Tom used a potent and strong drug.
4. Concerning the condition of having or exercising great power or influence: The higher interest rate was a potent factor in the economy.
5. Descriptive of something that has a strong or sharp taste: Some cheeses are very potent, like Canadian Cheddar, manchego, and parmesan.
prescient (adjective), more prescient, most prescient
1. Pertaining to an ability in knowing what will happen before it actually does occur: Those who are prescient people claim to have the gifts of foresight, clairvoyance, premonition, or prophecy.

The police gave the bank a prescient warning that they had heard that a robbery was being planned by criminals.

2. Etymology: from Latin praescient-, "knowing beforehand", from the verb praescire, from prae, "before" + scire "to know".
profulgent (adjective), more profulgent, most profulgent
Shining forth; brilliant.
prudent (adjective), more prudent, most prudent
1. A reference to having good sense in dealing with issues.
2. Relating to using good judgment in order to consider the possible consequences of doing something and to act accordingly.
3. Pertaining to managing resources so as to provide for the future.
4. Etymology: directly or via French from Latin prudent-, a contraction of provident-; present participle of providere, "to prepare in advance, to supply"; literally, "to see ahead", from videre, "to see".
pungent (adjective), more pungent, most pungent
1. Descriptive of the powerful and intense smell or taste of something: The spaghetti sauce had a very pungent taste because of the amount of cumin and ginger which was added to it!
2. Pertaining to a vivid impression on the mind due to being bright and straightforward: Jane had very pungent memories of being on the farm in her childhood. The most moving recollection was being chased down the driveway by a cow when she was only three years old!
Referring to something that causes a sharp sensation; such as, a smell, taste, or feeling.
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purulent (adjective)
1. Suppurative; forming or containing pus.
2. Relating to, containing, or consisting of pus.
3. Containing, discharging, or causing the production of pus.
recipient (s) (noun), recipients (pl)