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propitious
adj. favorable; fortunate; advantageous


this seems like a propitious day to get married
proponent
n. supporter; backer; opposite of opponent
propound
v. put forth for analysis

In your discussion, you have propounded several quesitons; let us consider each one separately
prosaic
adj. dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual

this is such a prosaic commercial - it'll never work
proscenium
n. part of stage in front of curtain
proscribe
v. ostracize; banish; outlaw


the King proscribed all who conspired against him
proselytize
v. induce someone to convert to a religion or belief
prosody
n. the art of versification


this book on prosody contains a rhyming dictionary
prostrate
v. stretch out full on ground
protean
adj. versatile; able to take on many forms


he is a remarkably protean actor - he can take on many roles
protege
n. person receiving protection and support from a patron


Born w/ an independent spirit, he refused to be a protege of Cardinal Richelieu
protocol
n. diplomatic etiquette


We must run this state dinner according to protocol
protract
v. prolong


the management team tried to protract the negotiations endlessly
protuberance
n. protrusion; bulge
provenance
n. origin or source of something


I am more interested in its usefulness than in its provenance.
provender
n. dry food; fodder (coarse food for livestock)
provident
adj. displaying foresight; thrifty; preparing for emergencies


In his usual provident manner, he had insured himself against this type of loss
provincial
adj. pertainig to a province; limited in outlook; unsophisticated

Out of touch with London news, the provincial governor became sadly provincial.
provisional
adj. tentative

your acceptance is provisional
proviso
n. stipulation (a condition, demand, or promise in an agreement or contract.)

I will accept you proposal with the proviso that you meet your obligations w/n the next 2 weeks
provocative
adj. arousing anger or interest; annoying


think provoke!
prowess
n. extraordinary ability; military bravery


she was a prowess on ice
proxy
n. authorized agent


please act as my proxy and vote
prudent
adj. cautious; careful
prune
v. cut away; trim

she pruned her manuscript
prurient
adj. having of cuasing lustful thoughts and desires


Aroused by his prurient impulses...
pseudonym
n. pen name
psychosis
n. mental disorder
puerile
adj. childish
pugilist
n boxer
pugnacity
n. combativeness; disposition to fight
puissant
adj. powerful; strong; potent

We must keep his frienship for he will make a puissant ally
pulchritude
n. beauty; comeliness (attractive)

homely = unattractive
pulverize
v. crush or grind into v. small particles


he pulverized the dried herbs
pummel
v. beat or pound w/ fists

She pummeled her brother around
punctilious
adj. stressing niceties of conduct or form; minutely attentive (perhaps too much so_ to fine points

Percy is punctilious about observing the rules of etiquette
pundit
n. authority on a subject; learned person; expert

Some authors who write about the GRE as if they are pundits actually know little about the test
punitive
adj. punishing


punitive measures against the offender
purchase
n. firm grasp or footing

get a propper purchase on the slippery rock
purgatory
n. place of spiritual expiation(the means by which atonement or reparation is made.)
purge
v. remove or get rid of something unwanted; free from blame or guilt; cleanse or purify
purport
n. intention; meaning



the purport of his speech was to...
purported
adj. alleged; claimed; reputed or rumored


the purported Satanists sacrificing live roosters in the park turned out to be a party of Shriners holding a chicken bbq
purse
v. pucker; contract into wrinkles


purse your lips
purveyor
n. furnisher of foodstuffs; caterer


purveyor of rare wines - he travelled to France every year to find new products to sell
pusillanimous
adj. cowardly; fainthearted

pussy!
putative
adj. supposed; reputed


Although there are some doubts, the putative author of this work is...
putrid
adj. foul; rotten; decayed

the putrid smell
pylon
n. marking post to guide aviators; steel tower supporting cables or telephone lines
quack
n. charlaton; imposter


Do not be misled by the exorbitant claims of this quack, he cannot cure you


exorbitant - exceeding bounds of reason, propriety... high amt
quadruped
n. four-footed animal
quaff
v. drink w/ relish (likeing/enjoyment)


As we quaffed our ale...
quagmire
n. soft, wet, boggy land; complex or dangerous situation from which it is difficult to free oneself


she didn't know how she would extricate (release from entanglement)herself from this quagmire
quail
v. cower; lose heart


he was afraid he would quail in the face of danger
quaint
adj. odd; old-fashioned; picturesque


quaint clothes
qualified
adj. limited; restricted


the mayor only gave him a qualified endorsement
qualms
n. misgivings; uneasy fears, esp about matters of conscience

I have no qualms about giving the assignment to her; i know she will handle it admirably
quandary
n. dilemma


She was in a quandary as to which school she should attend
quarry
n. victim; object of a hunt

v. dig into


they had to quarry blocks of marble out of the cave entrance to close in on their quarry