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Paean
song of thanks
Palatial
like a palace
Palaver
idle talk
Pall
coffin, something that darkens
Palliate
to put at ease
Pallid
lacking colors or liveliness
Paltry
small, worthless
Panache
flamboyance
Pandemic
spread over a country
Panegyric
elaborate praise
Panoply
impressive array
Pare
to trim
Parity
equality
Parley
discussion, usually between enemies
Parry
to ward off, deflect
Pastiche
piece of literature or music imitating other works
Patent
obvious
Pathos
pity
Patrician
autocrat
Patrimony
inheritance or heritage derived from one’s father
Patronize
to condescend to
Paucity
a lack
Pauper
very old person
Pavilion
tent or light building used for shelter
Peccadillo
minor sin or offense
Peculation
theft of money
Pedestrian
commonplace
Pediment
triangular gable on a roof of façade
Pejorative
having bad consequences
Penitent
expressing sorrow for sins
Penumbra
partial shadow
Penury
extreme poverty
Perambulate
walk about
Percipient
able to perceive
Perdition
damnation
Peregrinate
to wander from place to place
Peremptory
imperative, dictatorial
Perfidious
faithless, disloyal
Perfunctory
done in a casual way
Perihelion
point is orbit that’s farthest from the sun
Peripatetic
moving from place to place
Periphrastic
containing too many words
Perjure
to lie
Pernicious
very harmful
Perpetuity
continuing forever
Pert
lively and bold
Pertinacious
lively and bold
Perusal
close examination
Pestilence
epidemic, plague
Pettish
fretful
Petulance
rudeness
Phalanx
massed group of soldiers
Philanderer
pursuer of casual love affairs
Philistine
narrow-minded person
Philology
study of words
Phlegm
coldness or indifference
Phonic
relating to sound
Picayune
petty
Piddling
little
Pillory
ridicule and abuse
Pique
fleeting feeling of hurt pride
Pithy
profound, substantial
Pittance
meager amount or wage
Plaintive
expressing sorrow
Plait
to braid
Plangent
long sound
Platitude
overused expression
Plucky
courageousness
Ply
to use diligently
Polemic
controversy
Politic
shrewd and practical, diplomatic
Polygot
speaker of many languages
Ponderous
heavy
Pontificate
to speak in a pretentious manner
Pore
to study very closely
Portent
omen
Portly
stout and dignified
Posit
to put in position
Potable
drinkable
Potentate
monarch with great power
Prattle
meaningless foolish talk
Precarious
uncertain
Precept
principle, law
Precipice
edge, steep overhang
Precipitate
sudden and unexpeceted, to throw down from a height
Precipitious
hastly, quickly
Précis
short summary of facts
Precision
state of being precise
Preclude
to rule out
Precocious
unusually advanced at an early age
Precursor
forerunner
Predestine
to decide in advance
Preeminent
celebrated
Preponderance
majority in number
Prepossessing
attractive
Presage
to foretell
Prescient
having foresight
Presentiment
premonition
Prestidigitation
slight of hand
Presumptuous
rude
Pretext
excuse
Primeval
ancient
Privation
lack of usual necessities
Probity
honesty
Procure
to obtain
Profligate
to corrupt
Profundity
great depth
Prognosticate
to predict
Prolix
wordy
Promontory
piece of land or rock higher than its surroundings
Promulgate
to make known publicly
Propinquity
nearness
Propitiate
to win over
Propitious
favorable
Propriety
appropriateness
Prose
ordinary language
Prosaic
relating to prose, commonplace
Proselytize
to covert to a particular belief or religion
Prostrate
lying face downward
Protean
readily assuming
Protract
to draw out, extend
Provident
frugal, prudent
Providential
prudent, lucky
Proxy
power to act as a substitute for another
Prudent
careful
Prurient
lustful, exhibiting lewd desires
Puerile
childish, overweight
Pugilism
boxing
Pulchritude
beauty
Pummel
to beat
Purport
to claim
Quaff
to drink heavily
Quell
to crush or subdue
Quiescence
inactivity
Quotidian
commonplace