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paean
n. a tribute, a song or expression of praise
palatial
adj. relating to a palace; magnificent
palimpsest
n. an object or place having diverse layers or aspects beneath the surface
palpable
adj. capable of being touched or felt; easily perceived
paltry
adj. pitifully small or worthless
panache
n. flamboyance or dash in style and action
pandemic
adj. occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting a large portion of the population
panegyric
n. elaborate praise; formal hymn of praise
paradigm
n. an outstandingly clear or typical example
Also - a way of viewing things
paragon
n. a model of excellence or perfection
paramount
adj. supreme, of chief importance
pare
v. to trim off excess, reduce
pariah
n. an outcast
patent
adj. obvious, evident
pathogenic
adj. causing disease
patrician
adj. aristocratic
patronize
v. to act as a patron of, to adopt an air of condescension toward; to buy from
peculate
v. to embezzle
pecuniary
adj. relating to money
pellucid
adj. transparently clear in style
penchant
n. an inclination, a definite liking
penitent
adj. expressing sorrow for sins or offenses, repentant
penury
n. an oppressive lack of resources (as money), severe poverty
peregrinate
v. to travel on foot
phalanx
n. a compact or close-knit body or people, animals, or things
philistine
n. a person who is guided by materialism and is disdainful of intellectual or artistic values
philology
n. the study of ancient texts and languages
phlegmatic
adj. having a sluggish, unemotional temperament
pique
v. to arouse anger or resentment in; provoke
plaintive
adj. expressive of suffering or woe, melancholy
platitude
n. overused and trite remark
plebeian
adj. crude or coarse; characteristic of commoners
plucky
adj. courageous, spunky
politic
adj. shrewd and crafty in managing or dealing with things
polyglot
n. a speaker of many languages
pore
v. to read studiously or attentively
portentous
adj. foreshadowing, ominous; eliciting amazement and wonder
posit
v. to assume as real or conceded; propose as an explanation
potable
adj. suitable for drinking
potentate
n. a ruler; one who wields great power
precarious
adj. lacking in security or stability; dependent on chance or uncertain conditions
precipitous
adj. steep, hasty
presage
n. something that foreshadows; a feeling of what will happen in the future
prestidigitation
n. a cleverly executed trick or deception; sleight of hand
preternatural
adj. existing outside of nature; extraordinary; supernatural
primeval
adj. ancient, primitive
prodigal
adj. recklessly extravagant, wasteful
proffer
v. to offer for acceptance
progenitor
n. an ancestor in the direct line, forefather; founder
proliferate
v. to grow by rapid production of new parts; increase in number
promulgate
v. to make known by open declaration, proclaim
propensity
n. a natural inclination or preference
prosaic
adj. relating to prose (as opposed to poetry); dull, ordinary
proscribe
v. to condemn or forbid as harmful or unlawful
prostrate
adj. lying face downward in adoration or submission
provincial
adj. limited in outlook; narrow, unsophisticated
proxy
n. a person authorized to act for someone else
pseudonym
n. a fictitious name, used particularly by writers to conceal identity
pugilism
n. boxing
puissant
adj. powerful
punctilious
adj. concerned with precise details about codes or conventions
pundit
n. one who gives opionions in an authoritative manner
purloin
v. to steal
purport
v. to profess, suppose, claim