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paean
song of praise or triumph
During chapel every week Mr. Stanton would sing paeans in front of the school.
palate
sense of taste
She made a wonderful dinner to delight my palate.
palatial
magnificent, suited for a palace
The vendors in Paris are full of palatial tapestries.
palliate
lessen the severity of
Although the treatment was designed to palliate the tumor, it would not completely remove it.
palpability
readily or plainly seen, heard or perceived
The palpability of her excuse was so obvious that it made me mad.
palpitate
to puslate rapidly from exertion
His heart palpitated wildly after hooking up.
panegyric
formal praise, eulogy
My boss gave a lovely panegyric at the funeral.
paradigm
a model example or pattern
He used the problem in the book as a paradigm for doing his homework.
parenthesis
an interruption of continuity, an interval
I wasn't prepared for the amount of unfilled time, the long parenthesis of nothing.
pariah
an outcast, a rejected and despised person
Gollum in lord of the rings is a pariah that the hobbits rejected.
parsimonious
frugal or stingy
Whenever i don't have a job my spending habits become vary parsimonious.
partisan
biased or prejudiced towards one side
His politics were partisan to the republican party because of his parents influence.
patron
a person who is a regular client or customer
John can be considered a patron at peet's coffee because he goes nearly every day.
paucity
scarcity, a lacking of
Many poor countries are plagued by a paucity of resources.
peccadillo
a very minor fault or sin
His only peccadillo is that he is completely out of shape.
pedantic
overly concerned with minute details in teaching
The professor's lectures would take forever because of how pedantic he was in regards to the material.
pedestrian
commonplace, uremarkable
The new chancellor gave a pedestrian inauguration speech that was received with mixed emotions.
pellucid
transparent, easy to understand
The author was liked by children because of her pellucid way of writing.
penchant
strong inclination, a liking
Ever since he was a boy he had a penchant for fishing.
penitent
feeling or showing great regret
A good catholic will feel penitent after committing a wrongdoing.
penurious
extremely poor and stingy
Brady overcame his penurious ways and bought a PS3.
penury
extreme poverty
The penury of the african country repels tourists from visiting.
peregrination
traveling about, wandering
The penguins of antarctica endure a cold and difficult peregrination every year to mate.
peremptory
leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal
It was clear from the look in the general's eye that it was a peremptory command to retreat.
perfidious
treacherous, faithless, deceitful
Alex was the most perfidious girlfriend i ever had and i could never trust her.
perfunctory
lacking interest, care or enthusiasm
In his lectures he reveals himself to be merely a perfunctory speaker.
perilous
dangerous
Columbus risked his life on a perilous voyage in order to find america.
peripatetic
wandering
The peripatetic homeless of brentwood can cover 10 miles in a day.
perish
be destroyed, decay
His valuable paintings perished in the destructive fire.
perjury
willful false statement
Bill Clinton was impeached because his act of perjury made him difficult to trust.
permeate
spread into every part of
The spiders venom did not get deep enough to permeate circular system.
pernicious
harmful, injurious
She became very somber after hearing her diagnosis of a pernicious disease.
perpetrate
to commit, be guilty of
I had to go to the police station to identify the man who perpetrated the crime.
personable
pleasing in appearance, attractive, pleasing personality
Her personable appearance always made me smile.
perspicacity
keenness of mental perception and understanding
Even at a young age his perspicacity always demonstrated his gifted brain.
pertain
to have reference or relation
Do you have the documents pertaining to the lawsuit?
pest
destructive thing or person who is a nuisance
There are many people in my fraternity who are a complete pest.
petrified
to benumb or paralyze with astonishment, horror or strong emotion
The Ring made me petrified with horror.
petrify
to make hard
After thousands of years the wood became petrified and hard as rock.
petrous
like a rock, hard, stony
Our walkway was made of a petrous material.
petulant
unreasonably impatient
The customer made a petulant rolling of her eyes which made me work much faster.
philistine
a smug, ignorant person who lacks knowledge
I meet many people who think they know everything but i can tell that they are a true philistine.
phlegmatic
calm, sluggish, unemotional
It took her winning the lottery to overcome the phlegmatic state that she lives in.
picaresque
resembling rogues or scoundrels
The most picaresque person i can remember is Dylan from middle school.
pied
of mixed colors
The pied painting was a big change from her previous black and white works.
pinch
to hamper or inconvenience by the lack of something
The builders were pinched by a shortage of good lumber.
pine
to fail gradually in health or vitality
After being separated by their families, the lovers pined away.
pious
dutiful to parents, devoted to religion
The Brumme family is so pious to their church that they give a majority of their time and money to the church.
piquant
agreeably stimulating, interesting or attractive
After eyeing her for most of the night, a piquant glance she gave me convinced me that she was into it.
pique
to wound someone's pride
She was greatly piqued when they refused her invitation.
pitfall
a trap or danger for the unwary
His only pitfall on the GRE is his horrible vocabulary skills.
pith
the important or essential part
He totally missed the pith of the argument because he was caught up thinking about halo.
pivotal
of great importance
For the sharks to win this season, it's pivotal that Joe Thornton has a good season.
placate
soothe, pacify, calm
The Fed decided to lower interest rates to placate the desperate mortgage companies.
plaintive
mournful, sorrowful, melancholy
A lot of the time, Jake jams are plaintive songs about a sad occurrence.
plaque
a thin plate meant to honor an achievement
He hung his many plaques on the wall to remember his accomplishments.
platitude
a flat, dull or trite remark
The platitude of his speech did not inspire anyone.
plea
request
He asked for forgiveness as his final plea.
plead
to use arguments or persuasions against something
She pleaded with him not to take the job.
plethora
overabundance, excess
The psychiatrist always offered a plethora of advice when a simple suggestion would have sufficed.
pliant
easily bent, shaped or twisted
She was able to make magnificent figurines with the pliant clay.
plod
continue doing something without resting
Despite his tiredness, the construction worker continued plodding away at the project.
plumb
exactly, precisely, completely
The game was so bad that was plumb mad by the end of it.
plummet
fall, plunge
I dropped my camera and watched it plummet to the bottom of the canyon.
plunge
move quickly, suddenly and with force
Before i could even notice, he had already plunged into the pool.
poignant
deeply moving, keen, strong appeal
The topic of buildings is a subject of poignant interest to me.
ponderous
heavy, bulky, dull
He carried a ponderous burden on his back.
portent
an indication or omen about something about to happen
The cows moving towards the fence is a portent that its going to rain.
precarious
uncertain, risky, dangerous
I would never choose to live the precarious life of a crab fisherman.
precepts
rules establishing standards of conduct
Before you can begin work, you must agree to follow the precepts associated with the office.
preclude
prevent, make impossible
The lack of strong evidence precludes a conviction.
precursory
preliminary, indicative of something to follow
The salesman made his precursory remarks to try to entice the customer.
predilection
special liking, mental preference
My ears have always had a predilection for tupac.
predominate
have more power than others
Blue is the predominate color in the painting.
preen
to pride oneself on an achievement or quality
He preened himself on graduating from UCLA with a double major in civil engineering and economics.
premature
doing or something happening before the right time
The baby was born a month premature.
preponderance
greatness in number, strength, weight
The preponderance of votes is against the proposal for legalizing marijuana.
presage
warning sign, foreshow, predict
The incidents that occurred may presage war.
presumption
assumption of something being true
Her presumption about me being stupid was not warranted.
preternatural
not normal or usual
Her healing was not from doctor's medicine by by preternatural forces.
prevalent
common, in general acceptance
The use of profanity is prevalent in many US households.
prevaricate
to speak falsely or misleadingly
He tried to turn the school against me by prevaricating about me to everyone.
prim
neat, formal
Her prim behavior around my parents made them like her a lot.
pristine
uspoiled, pure as in earlier times
The pristine forests of alaska are still in their natural state.
probity
integrity, honesty
He was a true gentleman, a person of true probity.
proclivity
a natural propensity or inclination
When interest returns are high people have a proclivity to save.
procrastination
keeping on, putting off
Because of my procrastination, I end up with tons of work the night before its due.
prodigal
wasteful, reckless with money
Most rich children have no concept of money and are prodigal with every dime they have.
prodigious
enormous, wonderful
The new research project received a prodigious grant from the state.
profane
worldly, having contempt of God
The pastor was known for taking profane men and turning them into firm believers.
profligacy
recklessly wasteful
The profligacy with which i spend gambling money is not healthy behavior.
profundity
depth
My dad took my aside to discuss some very important profundities.
profuse
abundant, lavish
The new puppy was behaving so well that we gave him profuse praise.
proliferate
grow, reproduce by rapid multification
The algae in my fish tank can proliferate to enormous levels in just days.
prolix
tiring because its too long
The prolix play was not worth the 20 dollars i paid for admission, it dragged on forever.
prone
inclined to undesirable things
Because of his weak immune system he was prone to deadly diseases.
propagation
increasing the number, spreading, extending
When doing calculations the value of error propogates with each additional calc.
propinquity
nearness intime, place or affinity
The propinquity of the two sisters forced them to become best friends.
propitiatory
appeasing, mitigating
After the fight he sent her flowers as a propitiatory gesture.
propitious
presenting favorable circumstances
The weather should be propitious tomorrow and perfect for a baseball game.
prosaic
everyday, mundane,commonplace
After walking past the louvre everyday it became a prosaic place to me.
proscribe
denounce as dangerous
My parents made it a point to proscribe smoking as a horrible and dangerous habit.
protracted
to draw out or lengthen in time
Projects would get done much faster if dsa didnt protract the submittal process.
provident
having or showing foresight by thinking of the future
He was a provident investor who could always predict future trends.
provisional
of the present time only
The new nation installed a provisional government for the time being.
provoke
make angry, urge to do something
He kept taunting me to provoke a fight.
prudence
caution with regard to matters, discretion
He was a great leader because of the prudence he displays whenever making an important decision.
prudish
easily shocked, excessively modest
Abbie's prudish behavior made it feel like i was dating a nun.
prune
to trim or remove
My dad always insists on pruning the bushes in summer.
pry
to inquire unnecessarily into something
The paparazzi love to pry into the personal affairs of others.
pucker
wrinkle
Worry puckered his brow.
pugnacious
inclined to quarrel or fight regularly
Mike is so pugnacious, that he seems to find a fight wherever he goes.
puissance
strength, power
The puissance of a male lion makes it one of the most feared animals on the planet.
punctilious
precise, paying attention to trivialites
Jeff is very punctilious when it comes to checking shop drawings.
pundit
a learned person, expert or authority
Tom is the pundit of the office and all inquiries go through him.
pungency
sharpness, stinging quality
The pungency of his remarks nearly brought her to tears.
purvey
provide, supply
The most important role as a father is to purvey for you family.
pusillanimous
lacking courage, cowardly
He acted tough, but whever confrontation came his way he acted pusillanimous.
putrefaction
becoming rotten
The putrefaction of the fruit in the fridge stunk up the whole room.
pyre
large pile of wood for burning
They built a huge pyre to cater to the large crowd attending the bonfire.