bombastic He delivered a bombastic speech that didn’t address our problems.
bombastic (adj.) pompous or overblown in language; full of high-sounding words intended to conceal lack of ideas synonyms: inflated, highfalutin, pretentious antonyms: unadorned, simple, plain, austere
callow They entered the army as callow recruits.
drivel Knowing that his time was nearly up, we kept silence and let him drivel on.
drivel (n.) saliva or mucus flowing from the mouth or nose; aimless talking or thinking; nonsense; (v) to let saliva flow from the mouth; to utter nonsense; to waste away foolishly synonyms: (n.) balderdash, tommyrot v. slaver
epitome Admitting when you have been fairly defeated is the epitome of sportsmanship.
permeate The rain permeated all of my clothing.
permeate (v.) to spread through, penetrate, soak through
precipitate Scholars often disagree over which event or events precipitate an historic moment. I admit that my outburst was precipitate.
precipitate (v.) to fall as moisture; to cause about suddenly; to hurl down from great height (adj.) characterized by excessive haste (n.) moisture synonyms: (v.) provoke, produce; (adj.) reckless, impetuous antonyms: wary, circumspect
stringent Some argue that more stringent laws against speeding will make our streets safer.
stringent (adj.) strict, severe; sharp or bitter to the taste synonyms: stern, rigorous, tough, urgent antonyms: lenient, mild, lax, permissive
surmise I cannot be sure, but I surmise that she wouldn’t accept my apology.
surmise (v.) to think or believe without supporting evidence; to conjecture or guess; (n.) likely idea that lacks definite proof synonyms: (v.) infer, gather; (n.) inference, presumption