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peremptory
ADJECTIVE

admitting of no contradiction, puttin an end to further debate, haughty, imperious
Her peremptory tone made it clear that there would be no further discussion of the matter.
perfunctory
ADJECTIVE

cursory, done without care or interest
peripatetic
ADJECTIVE

itinerant, traveling, nomadic
perspicacious
ADJECTIVE

acutely perceptive, having keen discernment
petrous
ADJECTIVE

like a rock, hard, stony
philistine
NOUN

a crass individual guided by material rather than intellectual or artistic values
In the Squid and the Whale, one of the boys acuses his mother's new boyfriend of being a philistine, of wanting material things rather than knowledge.
picaresque
ADJECTIVE

involving clever rogues or adventurers
pied
ADJECTIVE

multi-colored, usually in blotches
The pied goat was easily distinguishable in the herd of solid white and brown coats.
pillory
VERB

to punish, hold up to public scorn
pique
NOUN

resentment, feeling of irriation due to hurt pride
pith
NOUN

the essential or central part
The pith of his argument seemed to be that he should get a bigger allowance, though it took him an hour to get to the point.
plaintive
ADJECTIVE

mournful, melancholy, sorrowful
plangent
ADJECTIVE

pounding, thundering, resounding
platitude
NOUN

a superficial or trite remark, especially one offered as meaningful
Since Laura loved to say things that seemed profound initially but turned out to be banal once considered, she was a perfect candidate for writing the PLATITUDES that go in greeting cards.
plumb
VERB

to measure the depth (as with a plumb line), to examine critically
polemical
ADJECTIVE

controversial, argumentative
prate
VERB

chatter, babble
precept
NOUN

rule establishing standards of conduct, a doctrine that is taught
probity
ADJECTIVE

adherence to highest principles, uprightness
prodigious
ADJECTIVE

abundant in size, force, or extend; extraordinary
profligate
ADJECTIVE

excessively wasteful, recklessly extravagant
prolix
ADJECTIVE

long-winded, verbose
propinquity
ADJECTIVE

nearness in time or place, affinity of nature, kinship
propitiate
VERB

to appease, conciliate
prosaic
ADJECTIVE

dull, unimaginative
proscribe

(not prescribe)
VERB

to outlaw or prohibit
provident
ADJECTIVE

frugal, looking to the future
puerile
ADJECTIVE

childish, immature
punctilious
ADJECTIVE

precise, paying attention to trivialities, especially in regard to etiquette
pusillanimous
ADJECTIVE

cowardly, craven