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picaresque
pertaining to rogues in literature
piebald
motted, spotted
piecemeal
one piece at a time, gradually
pied
variegated, multicolored
podiatrist
doctor of feet
piquant
pleasantly tart-tasting, simulating
pique
provoke or arouse, annoy
pittance
small allowance or wage
pivotal
crucial, key, vital
placebo
harmless substance prescribed as a dummy pill
plaintive
mournful
plasticity
ability to be molded
platitude
trite remark
plaudit
enthusiastically worded approval, round of applause
plausible
having a show of truth but open to doubt, specious
pliable
flexing, yielding, adaptable
pliant
flexible, easily influenced
plight
condition, state (espescially bad), predicament
plumb
checking perpendicularity, vertical
plumage
feathers of a bird
plutocracy
society ruled by the wealthy
poignancy
quality of being deeply moving, keenness of emotion
philistine
narrow minded person, uncultured, and exclusively interested in material gain
philogy
study of language
phlegmatic
calm, not easily disturbed
phoenix
symbol of immortality or rebirth
phylum
major class of plants, primary branch of animal kingdom, division
polemical
agressive in verbal attack, disputatious
politic
expedient, prudent, well adivsed
polyglot
speaking several languages
pomposity
self-important behavior, acting like a stuffed shirt
pontifical
pertaining to a bishop or pope, pompous or pretentious
pore
study industriously, ponder, scrutinize
portend
foretell, presage
portent
sign, omen
portly
stately, stout
poseur
one who pretends to be sophisticated, elegant, etc
posterity
descendants, future generations
posthumous
after death
postulate
essential premise, underlying assumption
potable
suitable for drinking
potent
powerful, persuasive, greatly influential
potentate
monarch, sovereign
practicable
feasible
practitioner
someone engaged in a profession (law med)
prate
speak foolishly, boast idly
prattle
babble
precarious
uncertain, risky
precept
practical rule guiding conduct
precint
district or division of a city
precipice
cliff, dangerous position
precipitate
rash, premature, hasty, sudden
pre(')cis
concise summing up of main points
predilection
partiality, preference
predispose
give an incilination towards, make susceptible to
preeminent
outstanding, superior
preempt
head off, forestall by acting first, appropriate for oneself, supplant
preen
make oneself tidy in appearance, feel self-satisfaction
prehensile
capable of grasping or holding
prelate
church dignitary
prelude
intoduction, forerunner
premeditate
plan in advance
premonition
forewarning
prerogative
privelege, unquestionable right
presage
foretell
prescience
ability to foretell the future
presentiment
feeling something will happen, anticipatory fear, premonition
preternatural
beyond what's normal in nature
pretext
excuse
prevaricate
lie
prim
very precise and formal, exceedingly proper
primordial
existing at the beginning (of time), rudimentary
primp
groom oneself with care, adorn oneself
privation
hardship, want
proclivity
inclination, natural tendency
prod
stir up, poke, urge
profligate
dissipated, wasteful, wildly immoral
progenitor
ancestor
progeny
children, offspring
prognosis
forecasted course of a disease, prediction
proletarian
member of the working clsas, blue collar person
prolixity
tedious wordiness
prolong
make longer, draw out,lengthen
prominent
conspicuous, notable, sticking out
promiscous
mixed indiscriminately, haphazard, irregular, particularly sexually
promontory
headland
promulgate
proclaim a doctrine or law, make known by official publication
prone
inclined to, prostrate
propagate
multiply, spread
propinquity
nearness, kinship
propitiate
appease
propitious
favorable, fortunate, advantageous
proponent
supporter, backet, opposite of oppoinent
propound
put forth for analysis
propriety
fitness, correct conduct
prosaic
dull and unimaginative, matter-of-cfact, factual
proscribe
ostracize, banish, outlaw
proselytize
convert to a religion or belief
prostrate
stretch out full on ground
protege
person recieving protection and support from a patron
protract
prolong
protuberance
protrusion, bulge
provident
displaying foresight, thrifty, preparing for emergencies
provincial
pertaining to a province, limited in oulook, unsophisticated
provisional
tentative
provocative
arousing anger or interest, annoying
prowess
extraordinary ability
proxy
authorized agent
prude
excessively modest person
prune
cut away, trim
prurient
having or causing lustful thoughts or desires
psyche
soul, mind
puerile
childish
pugilist
boxer
pulchritude
beauty, comeliness
pulverize
crush, grind into dust
pummel
beat or pound with fists
punctillious
laying stress on niceties of conduct or form, minutely attentive to fine pointe
pundit
athority on a subject, expert
pungent
stinging, sharp in taste or smell, caustic
punitive
punishing
purchase
firm grasp or footing
purge
remove or get rid of something unwanted, free from blame or guilt
purported
alleged, claimed, reputed or rumored
purse
pucker, contract into wrinkles
pusillanimous
cowardly, fainthearted
purveyor
furnisher of foodstuffs, caterer