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replete
filled to the brim or to the point of being stuffed; abundantly supplied. The movie Star's memoir was replete with juicy details about the love life of half of Hollywood.
replenish
fill up again. before she could take another backpacking trip. Caria had to replenish her stock of freeze-dried foods.
repine
fret; complain. There is no sense repining over the work you have left undone.
repertoire
list of works of music, drama, etc. a performer is prepared to present. The opera company decided to include Madame Butterfly in its repertoire of the following season.
repercussion
rebound; reverberation; reactio. I am afraid that this event will have serious repercussions.
repellent
driving away; unattractive. Mosquitoes find the odor so repellent that they leave any spot where this liquid has been sprayed
repel
drive away; disgust. At first, the Beast's ferocious appearance repelled Beauty, but she came to love the tender heart hidden behind that beastly exterior.
repeal
revoke; annul. What would the effect on our society be if we decriminalized drug use by repealing the laws against the possession and sale of narcotics.
repast
meal; feast; banquet. The caterers prepared a delicious repast for Fred and Judy's wedding day.
repartee
clever reply. He was famous for his witty repartee and his sarcasm.
reparation
amends; compensation. At the peace conference, the defeated country promised to pay reparations to the victors.
rent
rip; split. Kit did an excellent job of mending the rent in the lining of her coat
renown
fame. For many years an unhearaled researcher, Barbara McClintock gained international renown when she won the Nobel Prize in PHysiology and medicine.
renovate
restore to good condition; renew They claim that they can renovate worn shoes so that they look like new ones.
renounce
abandon; disown; repudiate. Even though she knew she would be rned at the stake as a witch, Joan of Arc refused to renouce her belief that her voices came from God
renege
deny; go back on. He reneged on paying off his debt.
renegade
deserter; traitor. Because he had abandoned his post and joined forces with the Indians, his fellow officers considered the hero of Dances with Wolves a renegade.
rendition
translation; artistic interpretation of a song. The audience cheered enthusiastically as she completed her rendition of the aria.
rendezvous
meeting place. The two fleets met at the rendezvous at the appointed time.
render
deliver; provide; represent. He rendered aid to the needy and indigent.
rend
split; tear apart. In his grief, he tried to rend his garments.
remunerative
compensating; rewarding. I find my new work so remunerative that I may not return to my previous employment.
remorse
guilt; self-reproach. The murderer felt no remorse for his crime.
remonstrance
protest; objection. The authorities were deaf to the pastor's remonstrances about the lack of police protection in the area.
remnant
remainder. I suggest that you wait until the store places the remnants of these goods on sale.
remission
temporary moderation of disease symptoms; cancellatioin of a debt; forgiveness or pardon.
remiss
negligent. Whe the prisoner escaped, the guard was accused of being remiss in his duty.
reminiscence
recollection. Her reminiscences of her experiences are so fascinating that she ought to write a book
remediable
reparable. Let us be grateful that the damage is remediable
relish
savor; enjoy. Watching Peter enthusiastically chow down, I thought, "Now there's a man who relishes a good dinner!'
remediable
reparable. Let us be grateful that the damage is remediable.
relinquish
give up something with reluctance; yield. Once you get used to fringe benefits like expense account meals and a company car, it's very hard to reliquish them.
relic
surviving remnant; memento. Egypt's Department of Antiquities prohibits tourists from taking mummies and other ancient relics out of the country. Mike keeps his photos of his trip to Eygpt in a box with other relics of his travels.
relevant
pertinent; referring to the case in hand. Teri was impressed by how relevant Virginia Woolf's remarks were to her as a woman writer; it was as if Woolf had been writing with Ter's situation in mind.
relent
give in. When her stern father would not relent and allow her to marry Robert Browning, Eliza eloped with her suitor
relegate
banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign After Ralph dropped s second tray of drinks that week, the manager swiftly relegated him to a minor post cleaning up behind the bar.
rejuvenate
make young again. The charlatan claimed that his elixir would rejuvenate the aged and weary.
rejoinder
retort; comeback; reply. When smeone has been rude to me, I find it particularly satisfying to come up with a quick rejoinder.
reiterate
repeat. She reiterated the warning to make sure everyone understood it.
reimburse
repay. Let me know what you have spent and I will reimburse you.
rehabilitate
restore to proper condition. We must rehabilitate those whom we send to prison.
regimen
prescribed diet and habits. I doubt whether the results warrant our living under such a strict regiment.
regime
method or system of government. When a Frenchman mentions the Old Regime, he refers to the government existing before the revolution.
regicide
murder of a king or queen. The beheading of Mary Queen of Scots was an act of regicide.
regeneration
spiritual rebirth. Modern penologists strive for the regeneration of the prisoners.
reimburse
erpay. Let me know what you have spent and I will reimburse you.
rehabilitate
restore to proper condition. e mustrehabilitate those whom we send to prison.
regime
method or system of government. When a Frenchman mentions the Old Regime, he refers to the government existing before the revolution.
regicide
murder of a king or queen. The beheading of Mary Queen of Scots was an act of regicide.
rehabilitate
restore to proper condition. We must rehabilitate those whom we send to prison.
regimen
prescribed diet and habits. I doubt whether the results warrant our living under such a strict regimen.
regime
method or system of government. When a Frechman mentions the Old Regime, he refers to the government existing before the revolution.
regeneration
spiritual rebirth. modern penologists strive for the generation of the prisoners
regatta
boat or yacht race. Many boating enthusiasts followed the regatta in their own yachts
regale
entertain. John regaled us with tales of his adventures in Africa
regal
royal. Prince Albert had a regal manner
refute
disprove. The defense called several respectable witnnesses who were able to erfute the false testimony of the prosecution's only witness.
refurbish
renovate; make bright by polishing. The flood left a deposit of mud on everything; it was necessary to refurbish our belongings.
refurbish
renovate; make bright by polishing. The flood left a deposit of mud on everything; it was necessary to refurbish our belongings.
refulgent
brightly shining; gleaming. The squire polished the knight's armor until it gleamed in the ligh like the refulgent moon
refrain
abstain from; resist. chorus.Whenever he heard a song with a lively chorus, Sol could never refrain from joining in on the regrain.
refractory
stubborn; unmanageable . The refractory horse was eliminated from the race when he refused to obey the jockey.
refraction
bending of a ray of light. When you look at a stick inserted in water, it looks bent because of the refraction of the light by the water.
refectory
dining hall. In this huge refectory, we can feed the entire student body at one sitting.
reek
emit (odor). The room reeked with stale tobacco smoke.
redundant
superfluous, repetitious; excessively wordy. The bottle of wine I brought to Bob's party was certainly redundant; how was I to know Bob owned a winnery? in your essay, you repeat several points unnecessarily; try to avoid redundancy in the future.
redress
remedy, ; compensation. Do you mean to tell me that I cang et no redress for my injuries.
redoubtable
formidable; causing fear. During the cold war period, neighboring countries tried not to offend the Russians because they could be redoubtable foes
redolent
fragant; odorous; suggestive of an odor. Even though it is Feb, the air is redolent of spring.
recurrent
occurring again and again. These recurrent attacks disturbed us and we consulted a physician
recuperate
recover. the doctors were worried because the patient did not recuperate as rapidly as they had expected
recumbent
reclining; lying down completely or inpart. The command "AT EAST' does not permit you to take a recumbent position.
rectitude
uprightness; moral virtue; correctness of judgement. The Eagle Scout was a model of rectitude; smugness was the only flaw he needed to correct
rectify
set right; correct. You had better send a check to rectify your acount before American Express cancels your credit card
recriination
countercharges. Loud and angry recriminations were her answer to his accusations
recourse
resorting to help when in trouble. The boy's only recourse was to appeal to his father for aid.
recount
narrate or tell; count over again. About to recount the latest adventure of Sherlock Holmes, Watson lost track of exactly how many cases Holms had solved and refused to begin his tale until he'd recounted them one by one.
reconnaissance
survey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering. If you encounter any enmy soldiers during your reconnaissance, capture them for questioning.
recondite
abstruse; profound; secret. He read many recondite books in order to obtain the material for his scholarly thesis.
reconcile
correct inconcisstencies; become friendly aftr a quarrel. Every time we try to reconcile our check book with the bank statement, we quarrel. However, despite these monthly lovers' quarrels, we always manage to reconcile.
recluse
hermit; loner. Disappointed in love, Miss Emily became a recluse; she shut herself away in her empty mansion and refused to see another living soul.
reciprocate
repay in kind. John: It'd be so much better if I can reciprocate the efforts you put into the friendship. Unfortunately, I'm not that kind of friend that you're looking for!
reciprocal
mutual, exchangeabl; interacting. The 2 nations to reiprocate and bomb their territory.
recipient
receiver. Although he had been the recipient of many favors, he was not grateful to his benefactor.
recidivism
habitual return to crime. Prison reformers in the United States are disturbed by the high rate of recidivism; the no. of persons serving second and third terms indicates the failure of the prisons to rehabilitate the inmates.
recession
withdrawal; retreat; time of low economic activitiy. The slow recession of the flood waters created problems for the crews working to restore power to the area.
receptive
quick or willing to receive ideas, suggestions. Adventure-loving Huck Finn proved a receptive audience for Tom's tales of buried treasure and piracy.
recast
reconstruct (a sentence, story); fashion again. Let me recat his sentence in terms your feeble brain can graps: in words of one syllable
recapitulate
summarize. Let us recapitulate what has been said thus far before going ahead
recant
disclaim or disavow; retract a previous statement; openly confess error. Hoping to make Joan of Arc recant her sworn testimony, her English captors tried to convince her that her visions had been sent to her by her devil
recalcitrant
obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority; unruly. Which animal do you think is more recalcitrant, a pig or a mule?
rebuttal
refutation; response wiht contrary evidence. The defense lawyer confidently listened to the prosecutor sum up his case, sure that she could answer his arguments in her rebuttal
rebus
puzzle in which pictures stand for words. A coven of witches beside a tree is a possible rebus for the twon Coventry
rebuke
scold harshly; criticize severly. no matter how sharply Miss Watson rebuked Huck for his misconduct, he neer talked back but just stood there like a stump.
rebuff
snub; beat back. She rebuffed his invitation so smoothly that he did not realize he had been snubbed
rebate
discount. we offer a rebate of ten percent to those who pay cash
reaper
one who harvests grain. Death, the Grim Reaper, cuts down mortal men and women, just as a farmer cuts down the ripened grain.
realm
kingdom; field or sphere. In the animal realm, the lion is the king of beats.
reactionary
opposing progress; politically ultraconservative. Opposing the use of English in worship services, reactionary forces in the church fought to reinstate the mass in Latin.
raze
destroy completely. Spelling matters: to raise a building is to put it up; to raze a building is to fear it down.
ravine
narrow valley with steep sides. steeper than a gully, less precipitous than a canyon, a ravine is, ike them, the product of years of erosion.
ravenous
extremely hungry. The ravenus dog upset several garbagae pails in its search for food.
ravel
fail apart into rangles; unravel or untwist; entangle. A single thread pulled loose, and the entire scarf started to ravel.
rave
overwhelmingly favorable review. Though critic John Simon seldom has a good word to say about contemporary plays, his review of All in the Timing was a total rave.
ravage
plunder; despoil. The marauding army ravaged the countryside
raucous
harsh and shrill; disorderly and boisterous. The raucous crowd of New Year's Eve revelers grew progressively noisier as midnight drew near.
rationalize
give a plausible reason for an action in place of a true. less admirable one; offer an excuse. When David refused gabbly Gabrielle a ride to the dance because, he said, he had no room in the car, he was rationalizing; actually, he couldn't stand being cooped up in a car with anyone who talked as much as she did.
rationale
fundamental reason or justification; grounds for an action. her need for a vehicle large enough to accommodate five chidren and a Saint Bernard was Judy's rationale for buying a minivan.
rationcinationr
reasoning; act of drawing conclusions from premises. While Watson was a man of average intelligence, Holmes was a genius, whose gift for ratiocination made him a superb detective
ratify
approve formally; confirm; verify. Party leaders doubted that they had enough votes in both houses of Congress to ratify the constitutional amendment.
raspy
grating; harsh. The sergeant's raspy voice grated on the recruits' ers
rarefied
made less dense (of a gas). The mountain climbers had difficulty breathing in the rarefied atmosphere.
rapt
absored; enchanted. Caught up in the wonder of the storyt eller's tale, the rapt listeners sat motionless, hanging on his every word
rapport
emotional closeness; harmony. In team teaching, it is important that all teachers in the group have good rapport with one another.
rapacious
excessively grasping; plundering. Hawks and other rapacious birds prey on a variety of small animals.
rant
rave; talk excitedly; scold; make a grandiloquent speech. When he heard that I'd totaled the family car, Dad began to rant at me like a complete madman.
rankle
irritate; fester. The memory of having been jilted rankled him for years.
random
without definite purpose, plan, or aim; hapazard. Although the sponsor of the raffle claimed all winners were chosen at random, people had their suspicions when the grand prize went to the sponsor's brother-in-law.
rancor
bitterness; hatred. Thirty years after the war, she could not let go of the past butwas still consumed wth rancor against the foe.
rancid
having the odor of stale fat. A rancid odor filled the ship's gallery and nauseated the crew
rancor
bitterness; hatred. 30 years after the war, she could not let go of the past but was still consumed with rancor against the foe.
rancid
having the odor of stale fat. A rancid odor filled the ship's gallery and nauseated the crew
ramshackle
rickety; falling apart. The boys propped up the ramshackle clubhouse with a couple of boards.
rampart
defensive mound of earth. 'From the ramparts we watched' as the ghithing continued.
rampant
growing in profusion; nurestrained. The rampant weeds in the garden chocked the asters and marigolds until the flowers died.
ramp
slope; inclined plane. the house was built with ramps instead of stairs in order to enable the man in the wheelchair to move easily from room to room and floor to floor.
ramify
divided into braches out; subdivision. We must examine all the ramifications of this problem.
ramble
wander aimlessly (physically or mentally) Listening to the teacher ramble, Judy wondered whether he'd ever get to his point
rally
call up or summon (forces, vital powers) revive or recuperate. Washington quickly rallied his troops to fight off the British attack. The patient had been sinking throughout the night, but at dawn she rallied and made a complete recovery.
rakish
stylish; sporty. He wore his hat at a rakish and jaunty angle.
raiment
clothing. 'How can I go to the ball?' asked Cinderella. 'I have no raiment fit to wear'.
rail
scold; rant. You may rail at him all you want; you will never change him
ragamuffin
person wearing tattered clothes. He felt sorry for the ragamuffin who was begging for food and gave him money to buy food.
racounteur
story-teller. My father was a figed racounteur with an unlimietd supply of anecdotes
rabid
like a fanatic; furious. He was a rabid follower of the Dodgers and watched them play whenever he could go to the ballpark
quotidian
daily; commonplace; customary. To philip, each new day of his internship was filled with excitement; he could not dismiss his rounds as merely quotidian routine.
quorum
number of members necessary to cnduct a meeting. the senator asked for a roll call to determine whether a quorum was present.
quizzical
teasing; bantering; mocking; curious. When the skinny teenager tripped over his own feet stepping into the bullpen, Coach raised one quizzical eyebrow, shook his head, and said, 'Okay, kid. You're here; let's see what you've got."
quixotic
idealistic but impractical. Constantly coming up with quixotic, unworkable schemes to save the world, Simon has his heart in the right place, but his head is somewhere off in the clouds.
quiver
tremble; shake. The bird dog's nose twitched and his whiskers quivered as he strained eagerly against the leash.
quising
traitor who aids invaders/ In his conquest of Europe, Hitler was aided by the quislings who betrayed their own people and served in the puppet governments established by the Nazis.
quirk
starling twist; caprice, By a quirk of fate, he found himself working for the man whom he had discharged years before.
quip
taunt. You are unpopular because you are too free with your quips and sarcastic comments.
quintessence
purest and highest embodiment. Noel Coward displayed the quintessence of wit.
quietude
tranquility. He was impressed by the air of quietude and peace that pervaded the valley.
quietscent
at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive. After the devastating eruption, fear of Moount Etna was great; people did not return to cultivate its rich hillside lands until the volcano had been quiescent for a full 2 years.
quibble
minor objection or complaint. Aside from a few hundred teensy-weensy quibbles about the set, the script, the actors,the director, the costumes, the lightling and the props, the hypercritical critic lovedthe play.
queue
lilne. They stood patiently in the queue outside the movie theatre.
query
inquiry; question. In her column 'Ask Beth,' the columnist invites young readers to send their queries about life and love to her.
querulous
fretful; whining. Brenda is a querulous bitch. She never stop whinning.
quench
douse or extinguish; assuage or satisfy. What's the favorite song of the Fire Department? 'Baby, Quench My fire!' After Bob ate the heavily salted popcorn, he had to drink a pitcherful of watcher to quench his thirst.
quell
extinguish; put down; quiet. Miss Minchin's demeanor was so stern and forbidding that she could quell any unrest among her students with one intimidating glance.
queasy
easily nauseated; squeamish. Remember that great chase movie, the one with the carsick passenger? That's right: Queasy Rider!
quay
dock; landing place. Because of the captain's carelessness, the ship crashed into the quay.
quash
subdue; crush; squash. The authorities acted quickly to quash the student rebellion, sending in tanks to cow the demonstrators.
quarry
dig into. they quarried blocks of marble out of the hillside.
quarry
victim; object of a hunt. The police closed in on their quarry.
quarantine
isolatioin of a person, place, or ship to prevent spread of infection, We will have to place this house under quarantine until we determine the exact nature of the diseas
quandary
dilemma. WHen both Harvard and Stanford accepted Laura, she was in a quandary as to which school she should attend.
qualms
misgiving; uneasy fears, especially about matters of conscien. I have no qualms about giving this assignment to Helen; i know she will handle it admirably.
qualified
limited. restricted. Unable to give the candidate full support, the mayor gave him only a qualified endorsement. (secondary meaning)
quaint
odd old-fashioned; picturesque. Mary Quaint is an old-fashioned cosmetic brand which is established on 1970s. Her quaint clothes and old-fashioned language marked her as an eccentric.
quail
cower; lose heart, back up, loser. He was afraid that he would quail in the face of danger.
quagmire
soft, wet, boggy land; complex or dangerous situation from which it is ddifficult to free onself. Up to her knees in mud, Myra wondered how on earth she was going to extricate herself from this quagmire.
qyaff
drink with relish As we quaffed our ale, we listtened to the gay ongs of the students in the lavern.
quadruped
four-footed animal. Most mammals are quadrupeds.
quack
charlatan; impostor. Do not be misled by the exorbitant claims of this quack; he cannot cure you.
pyromaniac
person with an insane desire to set things on fire. The detectives searchedthe area for the pyromaniac who had set these costly fires.
pylon
marking post to guide aviators; steel tower supporting cables or telephone lines. Amelia Earhart carefuly banked her airplane as she followed the line of pylons set up to mark the course of the Great Plane Race.
putrid
foul; rotten; decayed. When the doctor removed the bandages, the putrid smell indicated that the wound had turned gangrenous. putrescence, putrefaction
putative
supposed; reputed. Although there are some doubts, the putative author of this work is Massinger.
pusillaniomous
cowardly; loser, whimp, fainthearted. You should be ashemed of your pusillanimous conduct during this dispute
purveyor
furnisher of foodstuffs; caterer. As purveyor of rare wines and viands, he traveled through France and Italy every year in search of new products to sell
purse
pucker; contract into wrinkles. Miss Watson pursed her lips to show her disapproval of Huck's bedraggled appearance.
purported
alleged; claimed; reputed or rumored. The purported Satanists sacrificing live roosters in teh park tuend out to be a party of Shriners holding a chicken barbeque.
puport
intention; meaning. If the purport of your speech was to arouse the rabbie, you succeded admirably.
purge
remove or get rid of something unwanted; free from blame or guilt; cleanse or purify. The communist government purged the party to get rid of members suspected of capitalist sympathies, sending those believed to be disloyal to labor camps in Siberia.
purgatory
place of spiritual expiation. In this purgatory, he could expect no help from his comrades.
purchase
firm grasp or footing. The mountaineer struggled to get a proper purchase on the slipper rock.
puny
insignificant; tiny; weak. Our puny effots to stop the flood were futile.
punitive
punishing. He asked for punitive measures against the offender.
pungent
stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic. THe pungent odor of ripe Limburger cheese appealed to Simone but made Stanley gag.
pundit
authority on a subject; learned person; expect. Some authors who write about the GRE as if they are pundits actually know very little about the test.
punctilious
stressing niceties of conduct or form; minutely attentive (perhaps too much so) to fine points. Percy is punctilious about observing the rules of etiquette whenever Miss Manner invites him to stay.
pummel
beat or pound with fists. Swinging wildly. Pammy pummeled her brother around the head and shoulder.
pulverize
crush or frind into very small particles. Before sprinkling the dried herbs into the stew, Michael first pulverized them into a fine powder.
pulsate
throb (show up). We could see the blood vessels in his temple pulsate as he became more angry.
pulmonary
pertaining to the lungs. In his researches on pulmonary disease, he discovered many facts about the lungs of animals and human beings.
pulchritude
beauty; comeliness. I do not envy the judges who have to select this year's Miss America from this collection of female pulchritude.
puissant
powerful; strong; potent. We must keep his friendship for he will make a puissant ally.
pugnacity
combativeness; disposition to fight. 'Put up your dukes!' he cried, making a fist to show his pugnacity
pugilist
boxer. The famous pugilist Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammed Ali
puerile
childish. His puerile pranks sometimes offended his more mature friends.
puerile
childish. His puerile pranks sometimes offended his more mature friends.
pterodactyl
extinct flying reptile. The remains of pterodactyis indicate that these flying reptiles had a wingspan of as much as twenty feet.
psychosis
mental disorder. We must endeavor to find an outlet for the patient's repressed desires if we hope to combat this psychosis.
psychopathic
pertaining to mental derangement. The psychopathic patient suffers more frequently from a disorder of the nervous system than from a diseased brain.
psyche
soul; mind. It is idfficult to delve into the psyche of a human being
pseudonym
pen name. Samuel Clemen's pseudonym was Mark Twain.
pry
inquire impertinently; use leverage to raise or open something. Though Nora claimed she did't mean to pry, everyone knew she was just plain nosy. WIth a crowbar Long JOhn Silver pried up the lid of the treasure chest.
prurient
having or causing lustful thoughts and desires. Aroused by his prurient impulses, the dirty old man leered at the sweet youngthing and offered to give her a sample of his 'prowess', his prurience appalled her.
prune
cut away; trim. With the help of her editor, she was able to prune her manuscript into publishable form.
prudent
cautious; careful. A miser hoards money not because he is prudent but because he is greedy.
prude
excessively modest or proper person. The x-rated film was definitely not for prudes.
proxy
authorized agent. Please act as my proxy and vote for this slate of andidates in my absence.
proximity
nearness. Blind people sometimes develop a compensatory ability to sense the proximity of objects around them
prowness
extraordinary ability; military bravry. Performing triple axels and double lutzes at the age of six, the young figure skater was world famous for her prwness on the ice.
provocative
arousing anger or interest; annoying. IN a typically provocative act, the bully kicked sand into the weaker man's face.
proviso
stipulation. I am ready to accept your proposal with the proviso that you meet your obligations within the next 2 weeks.
provisional
tentative. Kim's acceptance as an American Express cardholder was provisional; before issuing her a card, American Express wanted to check her employment record and credit history.
provender
dry food; fodder. I am not afraid of a severe winter because I have stored a large quantity of provender for the cattle.
provence
origin or source of something. I am not interested in its provenance; I am more concerned with its usefulness than with its source.
protuberance
protrusion; bulge. A ganglionic cyst is a fluid-filled tumor (generally benign) that develops near a joint memberane or tendon sheath, and that bulges beneath the skin, forming a protuberance.
protrude
stick out. His fingers protruded form the holes in his gloves.
protract
prolong. Seeking to delay the union members' vote, the management team tried to protract the negotiations endlessly, but the union representatives saw through their strategy.
prototype
original work used as a model by others. The crude typewriter on display in this museum is the prototype of the elaborate machines in use today.
protocol
diplomatic etiquette. We must run this state dinner according to protocol if we are to avoid offending any of our guests.
protege
person receiving protection and support from a patron. Born with an independent spirit, Cyrano De Bergerac refused to be a protege of Cardinal Richelieu.
protean
versatile; able to take on many forms. A remarkably protean actor, Alec Guinness could take on any role
prostrate
stretch out full on ground. He prostrated himself before the idol.
prosperity
good fortune; financial success; physical well-being. Promising to stay together 'for richer, for pooere,' the newlyweds vowed to be treu to one another in prosperity and hardship alike.
prosody
the art of versification. This book on prosody contains a rhyming dictionary as well as samples of the various verse forms.
proselytize
induce someone to convert to a religion or belief. In these interfaith meetings, there must be no attempt to proelytize; we must respect all points of view.
proscribe
obstacize; banish; outlaw. Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus proscribed all those who had conspired against Julius caesar
proscenium
part of stage in front of curtain. In the theater-in-the-round there can be no proscenium or proscenium arch.
prosaic
dull and unimaginative; matter of fact; factual.Though the ad writers had come up with a highly creative campaign to publicise the company's newest product, the head office rejected it for a more prosaic, down-to-earth approach.
propulsive
driving forward. The jet plane has a greater propulsive power than the engine-driven plane.
propriety
fitness; correct conduct. Miss Manners counsels her reader so that they may behave with propriety in any social situation and not embarrass themselves.
propound
put forth for analysis. In your discussion, you have propounded several questions; let us consider each one separately.
proponent
supporter; backer; opposite of opponent. In the senate, proponents of the universal health care measure lobbied to gain additional support for the controversial legislation.
propitious
favorable; fortunate; advantageous. Chole consulted her horoscope to see whether Tuesday would be a propitious day to dump her boyfriend.
propitiate
appease. The natives offered sacrifices to propitiate the gods.
propinquity
nearness; kinship. Their relationship could not be explained as being based on mere propinquity. They were more than relatives; they were true friends.
prophylactic
used to prevent disease. Despite all prophylactic measures introduced by the authorities, the epidemic raged until cool weather set in.
prophetic
having to do with predicting the future. In interpreting Pharaoh's prophetic dream, Joseph said that the seven fat cows eaten by the seven lean cows represented seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine.
propensity
natural inclination, talent. Convinced of his own talent, Sol has an unfortunately propensity to belittle the talents of others.
propellant
substance that propels or drives forward. the development of our missle program has foced our scientists to seek more powerful propellants
propagate
multiply; spread. Since bacteria propagate more quickly in unsanitary environments, it is important to keep hospital rooms clean.
prone
inclined to ; prostrate. She was prone to sudden fits of anger during which she would like prone on the floor, screaming and kicking her heels.
promulgate
proclaim a doctrine or law; make known by official publication. When Moses came down from the mountaintop prepared to promulgate God's commandments, he was appalled to discover his followers worshipping a golden calf