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pang
a sharp pain
paltry
trivial;worthless
panoply
suit of armor; any protective covering
panorama
unlimited view; comprehensive survey
paraphernalia
personal belongings; equipment
parched
dried up; extremely thirsty
pariah
an outcast
parity
equality; similarity
parley
discussion; conference
parochial
local; narrow; limited
paroxysm
a sudden outburst; a fit
parlous
dangerous
parry
to avoid something such as a thrust or a blow
passe
old fashioned; out of date
pathos
pity; deep feeling
patrician
aristocrat
patrimony
inherited right; heritage
patronage
the power of people to make appointments to govt jobs
peccadillo
a minor offense
pectoral
pertaining to the chest
peculate
to steal; to embezzle
pecuniary
pertaining to money
pedagogue
a schoolteacher
pedantic
tending to show off one's learning
peevish
hard to please; irritable
pejorative
having a negative effect; insulting
pellucid
transparent; clear
penchant
a strong liking for; an inclination
pendant
anything that hangs or is suspended
penitent
excessive sorrow for sin or wrongdoing
pensive
dreamily thoughtful
penury
extreme poverty
peon
common worker
perdition
damnation; ruin; hell
peregrinate
to travel from place to place
peremptory
decisive; final;not open to debate
perenial
lasting for a long time; perpetual
perfidious
deceitful; treacherous; unfaithful
perforce
of necessity
perfunctory
done without care; routine
periphrastic
said in a roundabout way
pernicious
deadly; destructive
peroration
the concluding part of a speech
perpetuate
to cause to continue
perpetrate
to do something evil
perquisite
something additional to regular pay
perspicacity
keenness of judgment
perspicuity
clearness, as of a statement
pert
bold; saucy
pertinent
relevant; to the point
perturb
to unsettle; to disturb
peruse
to read carefully
pervade
to spread throughout; to pass through
pervert
to lead astray; to corrupt
petrology
study of rocks
perverse
contrary; cranky
petulant
irritable; rude
phalanx
closely massed body of persons
philately
stamp collecting
philippic
a bitter verbal attack
philistine
uncultured; common
phlegmatic
unemotional; cool; not easily excited
picaresque
pertaining to an adventurous wanderer
piddling
trifling; petty
piecemeal
bit by bit
pied
many colored; variegated
piety
reverence; devotion
pillage
to rob by violence
pillory
to expose to public ridicule or abuse
pinnacle
peak; highest point
piquant
stimulating to the taste; exciting interest
pique
to irritate; to annoy
piscine
of or like a fish
pithy
concise; to the point
pittance
small share or amount
pivotal
central; crucial
placard
small poster
placid
calm
plaintive
sorrowful; sad
platitude
a dull or trite remark
platonic
spiritual; free from sensual desire
plebian
pertaining to a member of the lower classes
plenary
full; complete; absolute
plethora
abundance
pliant
easily bent; adaptable
plight
a sad or dangerous situation
ploy
a trick; gimmick
plumb
to test; measure
plunder
to rob; to take by force
poach
to trespass
polarize
to separate into opposing groups
poltoon
a coward
polychromatic
many-colored
polyglot
speaking or writing several languages
pomp
brilliant show or display
ponderous
heavy; burdensome
porcine
of/like a pig
portentous
warning; foreshadowing
portly
stout; large
posterity
future generations
postulate
to assume w/o proof
potable
drinkable
potentate
ruler;monarch
pragmatic
practical
prate
to babble
precarious
uncertain; dangerous; risky
precept
a rule of conduct
precipice
cliff
precipitate
to bring about an action suddenly
precipitous
extremely steep
precis
brief summary
preclude
to prevent; to shut out
precocious
prematurely developed
precursor
a forerunner; a predecessor
predatory
living by plunder, exploitation
predicate
to declare; to assert
predilection
a liking; preference; inclination
preeminent
standing out above all others
preen
to dress oneself carefully or smartly
prehensile
adapted for seizing or grasping something
preponderance
dominance
prerogative
privilege/right
presage
to indicate or warn in advance
prescience
knowledge of thing before they happen
presentiment
anticipation (esp of something evil)
presumptuous
boldly assuming
pretext
a false reason or motive; an excuse
prevaricate
to lie
prevail
to succeed
prim
formal; proper
primeval
of the earliest time or ages
primordial
first; original
prismatic
many-colored
pristine
uncorrupted; in its original state
polytheism
belief in many gods
privation
loss or lack of something essential
polemic
controversy ; argument
premise
statement from which a conclusion is drawn
poignant
keenly distressing; affecting the emotions
philander
to engage in various love affairs
plaudit
applause; any expression of approval
privy to
having knowledge of something private or secret
probe
to investigate; to examine
propitious
favorable
proponent
a person who supports a cause or doctrine
probity
honesty; integrity
procrastinate
to postpone; to delay
procreate
to beget or produce
procrustean
designed to get conformity at any cost
procure
to obtain; to secure
prod
to urge; to poke or jab
prodigious
enormous; vast
profess
to acknowledge; to admit frankly
proffer
to offer
proficiency
skill; competency
profound
very deep
profuse
abundant
progeny
descendants
prognosticate
to predict; to foretell
projectile
a bullet, shell, grenade, etc., for firing from a gun
proletarian
one who belongs to the working class
proliferate
to expand; to increase
prolific
productive; fertile
prolix
tediously long and wordy
promenade
a stroll or a walk; an area used for walking
promiscous
sexually loose
promontory
piece of land that juts out
promulgate
to announce; to advocate
propagate
to spread; to multiply
propensity
inclination; tendency
propinquity
nearness; closeness
propriety
conformity; appropriateness
prosaic
dull; commonplace; exile
proscribe
to denouce; exile
proselyte
a person who has changed from one religion to another; a convert
prospectus
a report describing a forthcoming project
prostrate
lying flat; thrown or fallen to the ground
protagonist
main character
protean
changeable; variable
protege
one who has been guided or instructed by another
protocol
the etiquette observed by diplomats
protract
to draw out; to project
proverbial
well-known
provident
having foresight
provisional
temporary
proviso
a condition; a stipulation
prowess
skill; strength; daring
prude
an overly proper person
prudence
caution; good judgment
prune
to cut off or lop off such as twigs, branches, or roots
prurient
lustful; obscene; lewd
psyche
the human soul or spirit
puerile
childish; immature
pugilist
a boxer
pugnacious
eager to fight; quarrelsome
puissant
powerful; strong
pulchritude
beauty
pulmonary
pertaining to the lungs
pummel
to beat or thrash with the fists
pun
the use of words alike in sound but different meaning
punctilious
very exact; precise
pundit
a learned man; an expert or authority
punitive
pertaining to punishment
purge
to cleanse; to purify
puritanical
strict; rigid; harsh
purloin
to steal
purport
to claim to be
purvey
to furnish; to supply
pusillanimous
cowardly; fearful
putative
supposed; believed
putrefy
to rot; to decay
pyre
a funeral fire in which the corpse is burned
pyretic
pertaining to fever`
pyromaniac
one who likes to start fires; arsonist
Pyrrhic victory
success gained at too high a cost
pungent
having a sharp taste or smell; severely critical or sarcastic
proxy
one who acts in place of another
provincial
countrified; narrow; limited
profane
showing disrespect for sacred things
perigee
point nearest to the Earth