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pilfer
steal stealthily in small amts
pillory
expose to public contempt
piquant
agreeably stimulating to palate
pique
cause to feel resentment; he left in a fit of pique
pithy
having substance and point
I enjoy reading his essays because they're always compact and pithy
pittance
meager wage or remuneration
plaintive
sounding sad, mournful; a plaintive cry
plangent
having a loud and reverberating sound; orotund, resounding, rotund, sonorant, bibrant, consonant
plasticity
easily shaped
platitude
banal, trite
plausible
to provide plausible but untrue reasons for conduct
plight
n. dangerous, difficult , unfortunate situation. The woeful plight of homeless people
v. pledge, promise; be plighted to (in engagement)
plodding
working laboriously monotornously
pluck
courageous readiness to fight; the task took alot of plight
stodgy
dull
plumb
1. measure depth ot water
2. extremely
2. explore or experience fully
she had plumbed the depths of depravity; plumb in the center; they must be plumb crazy
plutocracy
government by the wealthy
gerontocracy
government by old people
polarize
divide into two opposing factions
polemic
practice of disoutation (debate); polemos = war (Gr.)
strong verbal/written attack
politic
seemingly sensible and judicious
ponderable
significant enough, appreciable
ponderous
great weight, heavy cumbersome; ponder = weight (Fr.)
pontificate
express opinions in pompous or dogmatic way
portentous
eliciting amazement or wonder
posit
base somthing on the truth of something else
posture
assume an artificial attitude
potable
suitable for drinking
potboiler
work of poor quality, produced quickly for profit
potentate
one who wields great power
prate
talk long and idly
precarious
lack of security; doubtful, ambiguous, dubious, equivocal, impugnable
precipice
steep cliff, rock face, sheer drop
precipitous
dangerously steep, sudden change
preclude
prevent
Modesty precludes me from accepting the honor
precocious
having developed earlier than usual
predilection
preference to liking something
predisposition
bent, inclined
preeminent
having paramount rank
the king traveled to boston because he wanted the preeminent surgeon in the field to perform the operation
preempt
take precedence over
pregnant
full of meaning
preponderant
having superior weight, ascendent
prepossessing
attractive
prerogative
the right