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paean
n; song of praise or joy
palatable
adj; agreeable; pleasing to the taste
palate
n; roof of the mouth
palatial
adj; magnificent
palimpsest
n; parchment used for second time after original writing has been erased
pall
v; grow tiresome
pallet
n; small, poor bed
palliate
v; ease pain; make less severe or offensive
pallid
adj; pale; wan
panacea
n; cure-all; remedy for all diseases
panache
n; flair; flamboyance
panegyric
n; formal praise
paragon
n; model of perfection
paramour
n; illicit lover
paraphernalia
n; equipment; odds and ends
parlance
n; language; idiom
parochial
adj; narrow in outlook; provincial
paroxysm
n; fit or attack of pain, laughter, rage
parquet
n; floor made of wood strips inlaid in a mosaic-like pattern
parry
v; ward off a blow; deflect
parsimony
n; stinginess; excessive frugality
passe
adj; old-fashioned; past the prime
pastiche
n; imitation of another's style in musical composition or in writing
patent
adj; open for the public to read; obvious
pathological
adj; pertaining to disease
pathos
n; tender sorrow; pity; quality in art or literature that produces these feelings
patina
n; green crust on old bronze works; tone slowly taken by varnished painting
patois
n; local or provincial dialect
paucity
n; scarcity
peccadillo
n; slight offense
pecuniary
adj; pertaining to money
pedant
n; scholar who overemphasizes book learning or technicalities
pedantic
adj; showing off learning; bookish
pejorative
adj; negative in connotation; having a belittling effect
pell-mell
adv; in confusion; disorderly
pellucid
adj; transparent; limpid; easy to understand
pendulous
adj; hangin; suspended
pensive
adj; contemplative; thoughtful with a hint of sadness
penumbra
n; partial shadow (in an eclipse)
penury
n; severe poverty; stinginess
peon
n; landless agricultural lworker; bond servant
perdition
n; damnation; complete ruin
peregrination
n; journey
peremptory
adj; demanding and leaving no choice
perennial
n; something long-lasting
perfidious
adj; treacherous; disloyal
perfunctory
adj; superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm
peripatetic
adj; walking about; moving
periphery
n; edge; especially of a round surface
pernicious
adj; very destructive
peroration
n; conclusion
perquisite
n; any gain above stipulated salary
personable
adj; attractive
perspicacity
adj; having insight; penetrating; astute
perspicuous
adj; plainly expressed
pertinacious
adj; stubborn; persistent
perversion
n; corruption; turning from right to wrong
pestilential
adj; causing plague; baneful
pestle
n; tool for mashing or grinding substances in a hard bowl
petulant
adj; touchy; peevish
pharisaical
adj; pertaining to the Pharisees, who paid scrupulous attention to tradition; self-righteous; hypocritical
phenomena
n, PL; observable facts; subjects of scientific investigation
philanderer
n; faithless lover; flirt
philatelist
n; stamp-collector
philistine
n; narrow-minded person, uncultured and exclusively interested in material gain
phlegmatic
adj; calm; not easily disturbed
physiognomy
n; face
piebald
adj; off different colors; mottled; spotted
pied
adj; variegated; multicolored
pillory
v; to subject to criticism and ridicule; punish by placing in a wooden frame
pinion
v; restrain
piquant
adj; pleasantly tart-tasing; stimulating
pique
n; irritation; resentment
piscatorial
adj; pertaining to fishing
pittance
n; small allowance or wage
plaintive
adj; mournful
plait
v; braid; intertwine
platitude
n; trite remark; commonplace statement
plaudit
n; enthusiastic approval; round of applause
plebian
adj; common; pertaining to the common people
plenary
adj; complete; full
pliant
adj; flexible; easily influenced
pluck
n; courage
plumb
adj; vertical
plutocracy
n; society ruled by the wealthy
polemic
argument in support of point of view
polemical
disputatious; aggressive in verbal attack
politic
adj; expedient; prudent; well devised
polity
n; form of goverment of nation or state
polyglot
adj; speaking several languages
ponderous
adj; weighty; unwieldy
pontifical
adj; pompous or pretentious
pore
v; study industriously; ponder; scrutinize
porous
adj; full of pores; like a sieve
portend
v; foretell; presage
portent
n; sign; omen; forewarning
posterity
n; descendants; future generations
postulate
n; self-evident truth
posture
v; assume an affected pose; act artificially
potable
adj; suitable for drinking
potentate
n; monarch; sovereign
poultice
n; soothing application applied to sore and inflamed portions of the body
practicable
adj; feasible
pragmatic
adj; practical (as opposed) to idealistic); concerned with the practical worth or impact of something
prate
v; speak foolishly; boast idly
precarious
adj; uncertain; risky
precept
n; practical rule guiding conduct
precipitant
n; something that causes a substance in a chemical solution to separate out in solid form
precipitate
adj; rash; premature; hasty; sudden
precipitate
v; throw headlong; hasten
precipitous
adj; steep; overhasty
precis
n; concise summing up of main points
preclude
v; make impossible; eliminate
precocious
adj; advanced in development
predilection
n; bias; partiality; preference
preen
v; make oneself tidy in appearance
prehensile
adj; capable of grasping or holding
prelate
n; church dignitary
premonitory
adj; serving to warn
preponderance
n; superiority of power, quantity, etc.
presentiment
n; feeling something will happen; anticipatory fear; premonition
prevaricate
v; lie
primogeniture
n; seniority by birth
privation
n; hardship; want
probity
n; uprightness; incorruptibility
problematic
adj; doubtful; unsettled
proclivity
n; inclination; natural tendency
profligate
adj; dissipated; wasteful; wildly immoral
profusion
n; overabundance; lavish expenditure; excess
progenitor
n; ancestor
progeny
n; children; offspring
prognosticate
v; predict
proliferate
v; grow rapidly; spread; multiply
prolixity
n; tedious wordiness; verbosity
promontory
n; headland
promulgate
v; proclaim a doctrine or law; make known by official publication
prophylactic
adj; used to prevent disease
propinquity
n; nearness; kinship
propitiate
v; appease
propitious
adj; favorable; fortunate
propriety
n; fitness; correct conduct
prosaic
adj; dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact
proscenium
n; part of stage in front of curtain
proscribe
v; ostracize; banish; outlaw
protean
adj; versatile; able to take on many forms
protract
v; prolong
protuberance
n; protrusion; bulge
provenance
n; origin or source of something
provender
n; dry food; fodder
provident
adj; displaying foresight; thrify; preparing for emergencies
provincial
adj; limited in outlook; unsophisticated
provisional
adj; tentative
prude
n; excessively modest or proper person
prudent
adj; cautious; careful
prurient
adj; having or causing lustful thoughts and desires
puerile
adj; childish
pugilist
n; boxer
pugnacity
n; combativeness; disposition to fight
pulchritude
n; beauty; comeliness
pulmonary
adj; pertaining to the lungs
punctilious
adj; precise; stressing niceties of conduct or form; minutely attentive to fine points
purchase
n; firm graps or footing
purport
n; intention; meaning
purveyor
n; caterer
putative
adj; supposed; reputed