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paean
a song of praise or thanksgiving
palaver
idle talk
paleontology
study of past geological eras through fossil remains
palette
board for mixing paints; range of colors
palisade
fence made up of stakes
pall (n)
covering that darkens or obscures; coffin
pall (v)
to lose strength or interest
palliate
to make less serious, ease
panacea
cure-all
pandemic
spread over a whole area or country
panegyric
elaborate praise; formal hymn of praise
panoply
impressive array
paradigm
ideal example, model
paragon
model of excellence or perfection
pare
to trim
pariah
outcast
parley
discussion, usually between enemies
parochial
of limited scope or outlook, provincial
parody
humorous imitation
parry
to ward off or deflect
parsimony
stinginess
pastiche
piece of literature or music imitating other works
patent (adj)
obvious, unconcealed
pathogenic
causing disease
pathos
pity, compassion
peccadillo
minor sin or offense
peculation
theft of money or goods
pedagogue
teacher
pedant
one who pays undue attention to book learning and rules; one who displays learning ostentatiously
pedestrian (adj)
commonplace
pediment
triangular gable on a roof or facade
pellucid
transparent; translucent; easily understood
penance
voluntary suffering to repent for a wrong
penchant
inclination
penitent
expressing sorrow for sins or offenses, repentant
penultimate
next to last
penumbra
partial shadow
penury
extreme poverty
perambulate
walk about
percipient
discerning, able to perceive
perdition
complete and utter loss; damnation
peregrinate
wander from place to place
peremptory
imperative; dictatorial
perfidious
faithless, disloyal, untrustworthy
perihelion
point in orbit nearest to the sun
peripatetic
moving from place to place
periphrastic
containing too many words
permeable
penetrable
pert
lively and bold
pertinacious
persistent, stubborn
perusal
close examination
pervert (v)
to cause to change in immoral ways; to misuse
pettish
fretful
petulance
rudeness, peevishness
philanderer
pursuer of casual love affairs
philistine
narrow-minded person, someone lacking appreciation for art or culture
philology
study of words
phlegm
coldness or indifference
phlegmatic
calm in temperament; sluggish
phonetics
study of speech sounds
picayune
petty, of little value
piddling
trivial
pillory
to expose to ridicule and abuse
pique
fleeting feeling of hurt pride
pithy
profound, substantial; concise, succinct, to the point
plaintive
expressing sorrow
platt
to braid
plangent
loud sound; wailing sound
platitude
stale, overused expression
plaudit
applause
plucky
courageous, spunky
ply (v)
to use diligently; to engage; to join together
politic
shrewd and practical; diplomatic
polyglot
speaker of many languages
pompous
self-important
pontificate
to speak in a pretentious manner
pore (v)
to study closely or meditatively
portly
stout, dignified
posterity
future generations; all of a person''s descendants
potentate
monarch or ruler with great power
prattle (n)
meaningless, foolish talk
precept
principle; law
precipice
edge, steep overhang
precipitate (adj)
sudden and unexpected
precipitous
hasty, quickly, with too little caution
precis
short summary of facts
precocious
unusually advanced at an early age
predestine
to decide in advance
predicate
to found or base on
predilection
preference, liking
premonition
forewarning, presentiment
preponderance
majority in number; dominance
prepossessing
attractive, engaging, appealing
presage
to foretell, indicate in advance
prescient
having foresight
prescribe
to set down a rule; to recommend a treatment
presentiment
premonition, sense of foreboding
prestidigitation
sleight of hand
presumptuous
rude, improperly bold
privation
lack of usual necessities or comforts
probity
honesty, high-mindedness
proclivity
tendency, inclination
prodigal
wasteful, lavish, extravagent
prodigious
vast, enormous, extraordinary
profligate
corrupt, degenerate
profuse
lavish, extravagent
progeny
offspring, children
prognosticate
to predict
prolix
tedious; wordy
promulgate
to make known publicly
propinquity
nearness
propitiate
to win over, appease
propitious
favorable, advantageous
proscribe
to condemn; to forbid, outlaw
proselytize
to induce someone to convert to a particular belief or religion
prostrate
lying face downward, lying flat on the ground
protean
readily assuming different forms or characters
protestation
declaration
provident
prudent, frugal
providential
prudent, lucky
provincial
rustic, unsophisticated, limited in scope
prurient
lustful, exhibiting lewd desires
pugilism
boxing
pugnacious
quarrelsome, eager and ready to fight
pulchritude
beauty
punctilious
careful in observing rules of behavior or ceremony
pundit
an authority or critic
purgation
process of cleansing, purification
puritanical
adhering to a rigid moral code
pusillanimous
cowardly