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penchant
strong inclination a liking
penitent
feeling or showing regret
penurious
poor/stingy
penury
extreme poverty
peregrination
traveling about wandering
peremptory
urgent imperative unchallengeable ending debate
perfidious
treacherous faithless
perfidy
treachery breaking of faith
perfunctory
done as a duty without care
perilous
dangerous
peripatetic
wandering
perish
be destroyed decay
perjury
willful FALSE statement unlawful act
permeate
spread into every part of
pernicious
harmful injurious
perpetrate
be guilty commit (a crime)
personable
pleasing in appearance attractive
perspicacity
quick judging and understanding
pertain
belong as a part have reference
pest
destructive thing or a person who is nuisance
petrified
taken away power (to think feel act)
petrify
to make hard rocklike
petrous
like a rock hard stony
petulant
unreasonably impatient
philistine
a smug ignorant person one who lacks knowledge
phlegmatic
calm sluggish temperament unemotional
picaresque
involving clever rogues or adventurers
pied
of mixed colors
pinch
be too tight take between the thumb and finger
pine
waste away through sorrow or illness
pious
dutiful to parents devoted to religion
piquant
agreeably pungent stimulating
pique
hurt the pride or self-respect stir (curiosity)
pitfall
covered hole as a trap unsuspected danger
pith
essential part force soft liquid substance
pivotal
of great importance (others depend on it)
placate
soothe pacify calm
plaintive
mournful melancholy sorrowful
plaque
flat metal on a wall as a memorial
platitude
a trite or banal statement unoriginality
plea
request
plead
address a court of law as an advocate
plethora
glut
pliant
pliable easily bent shaped or twisted
plod
continue doing smth without resting
pluck
pull the feathers off pick (e.g.. flowers)
plumb
get to the root of
plummet
fall plunge steeply
plunge
move quickly suddenly and with force
poignant
deeply moving keen
poncho
large piece of cloth
ponderous
heavy bulky dull
portent
omen marvelous threatening
precarious
uncertain risky dangerous
precepts
rules establishing standards of conduct
preclude
prevent make impossible
precursory
preliminary anticipating
predilection
special liking mental preference
predominate
have more power than others
preen
tidy/show self-satisfaction
premature
doing or happening smth before the right time
preponderance
greatness in number strength weight
presage
warning sign
presumption
arrogance
preternatural
not normal or usual
prevalent
common
prevaricate
to equivocate to stray from the truth
prim
neat formal
pristine
primitive unspoiled pure as in earlier times unadulterated
probity
uprightness incorruptibility principle
proclivity
inclination
procrastination
keeping on putting off
prodigal
wasteful reckless with money
prodigious
enormous wonderful
profane
worldly having contempt for God
profligacy
shameless immorality
profligate
wasteful prodigal licentious extravagant
profundity
depth
profuse
abundant/lavish
proliferate
grow reproduce by rapid multification
prolix
tiring because too long
prone
prostrate inclined to (undesirable things)
propagation
increasing the number spreading extending
propinquity
nearness in time or place affinity of nature
propitiatory
conciliatory appeasing mitigating
propitious
auspicious presenting favorable circumstances
prosaic
everyday mundane commonplace trite pedestrian
proscribe
denounce as dangerous
protracted
prolonged
provident
frugal looking to the future
provisional
of the present time only
provoke
make angry vax
prudence
careful forethought
prudish
easily shocked excessively modest
prune
dried plum silly person
pry
get smth inquire too curiously
pucker
wrinkle
pugnacious
fond of in the habit of fighting
puissance
strength
punctilious
precise paying attention to trivialities
pundit
pedant authority on a subject
pungency
sharpness stinging quality
purvey
provide supply
pusillanimous
cowardly craven
putrefaction
becoming rotten
pyre
large pile of wood for burning
quack
person dishonestly claiming to smth
quaff
drink deeply
quail
lose courage turn frightened
qualm
feeling of doubt temporary feeling of sickness
quandary
state of doubt or perplexity
quell
suppress subdue
quibble
try to avoid by sophistication
quiescence
state of being passive/motionless
quiescent
at rest dormant torpid
quirk
habit or action peculiar to smb or smth
quixotic
generous unselfish
quotidian
banal everyday
rabble
mob crowd the lower classes of populace
raconteur
person who tells anecdotes
raffish
low vulgar base tawdry
ramify
to be divided or subdivided to branch out
rancorous
feeling bitterness spitefulness
rant
use extravagant language
rapacious
greedy (esp for money)
rarefy
to make thin to make less dense to purify or refine
rave
act with excessive enthusiasm
reactionary
opposing progress
rebuff
snub
recalcitrant
disobedient
recant
take back as being FALSE give up
recast
cast or fashion anew
recidivism
relapse into antisocial or criminal behavior
reciprocity
granting of privileges in return for similar
recitals
a number of performance of music
recluse
person who lives alone and avoids people
recompense
make payment to reward punish
reconcile
settle a quarrel restore peace
recondite
little known abstruse
recreancy
cowardice a cowardly giving up
recuperate
become strong after illness loss exhaustion
redeem
get back by payment compensate
redoubtable
formidable causing fear
refine
make or become pure cultural
refractory
stubborn unmanageable untractable
refulgent
shining brilliant
regale
to delight or entertain to feast
regicide
crime of killing a king
reiterate
say or do again several times
rejuvenation
becoming young in nature or appearance
relapse
fall back again
remonstrate
to protest object
render
deliver provide represent
renovate
restore smth to better condition
renowned
celebrated famous
repast
meal
repel
refuse to accept/cause dislike
repine
at be discontented with
reproach
scold upbraid
reprobate
person hardened in sin one devoid of decency
repudiate
disown refuse to accept or pay
repulsive
causing a feeling of disgust
requite
repay give in return
rescind
repeal/annul/cancel
resigned
unresisting submissive
resilience
quality of quickly recovering the original shape
resort
to frequently visit
restive
refusing to move reluctant to be controlled
resuscitation
coming back to consciousness
retard
check hinder
reticent
reserved untalkative silent taciturn
revere
have deep respect for
reverent
feeling or showing deep respect
riddle
puzzling person or thing
rift
split crack dissension
rivet
fix take up secure metal pin
roll
call calling of names
rotund
rich and deep plump and round
ruffian
violent cruel man
rumple
make rough
sagacious
having sound judgment perceptive wise like a sage
salacious
obscene
salubrious
healthful
salutary
remedial wholesome causing improvement
sanctimony
self-righteousness hypocritical with FALSE piety
sanction
approval (by authority) penalty
sanguine
cheerful confident optimistic
sanity
health of mind soundness of judgement
sash
long strip worn round the waist
satiate
satisfy fully
saturnine
gloomy dark sullen morose
savant
person of great learning
savor
taste flavor smth
sawdust
tiny bits of wood
scabbard
sheath for the blade
scent
smell (esp pleasant)
scorch
become discolored/dry up/go at high speed
scribble
write hastily
scurvy
mean contemptible
secular
material (not spiritual) living outside monasteries
sedulous
persevering
seminal
like a seed constituting a source originative
sententious
short and pithy full of maxims/proverbs
sequence
succession connected line of
sere
make hard and without feeling
sermon
reproving a person for his faults
serrated
having a toothed edge
serration
having a toothed edge
servile
like a slave lacking independence
sever
break off
severance
severing
shallow
little depth not earnest
shard
piece of broken earthenware
sheath
cover for the blade of a weapon or a tool
shrewd
astute showing sound judgement
shrill
sharp piercing
shun
keep away from avoid
shunt
send from one track to another lay aside evade discussion
sidestep
step to one side
simper
(give a) silly/self-conscious smile
sinuous
winding undulating serpentine
skiff
small boat
skit
short piece of humorous writing
slack
sluggish dull not tight
slake
to assuage to satisfy allay
slate
king of blue-grey stone propose criticize
sluggard
lazy slow-moving person
slur
join sounds/words (indistinct)
smolder
burn slowly without flame
snare
trap
snub
treat with contempt
soar
rise fly high
sober
self-controlled
sobriety
quality or condition of being sober
sodden
soaked saturated
soggy
heavy with water
solvent
of the power of forming a solution
somatic
of the body
soot
black powder in smoke
sophisticated
complex subtle refined
sophistry
fallacious reasoning faulty logic
sophomoric
self-assured though immature affected bombastic overblown
soporific
producing sleep
sordid
wretched comfortless contemptible
spear
weapon with a metal point on a long shaft
specious
illogical of questionable truth or merit
splenetic
bad-tempered irritable
splice
join (two ends)
spurious
FALSE counterfeit