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pacify
to calm down
pact
agreement
paean
song of joy
palatable
pleasant to taste
palatial
magnificent
paleontology
study of prehistoric life
pall
something that covers or to be unpleasant
palliate
to lesson
pallid
pale; dull
palpable
capable of being touched
palpitate
to beat rapidly
palsy
muscle paralysis
paltry
worthless; small
panacea
an answer for all problems
panache
a showy manner
pandemonium
confusion
panegyric
an expression of praise
pang
a sharp pain
panoply
suit of armor; any protective covering
panorama
unlimited view; comprehensive survey
parable
a simple story giving a moral or religious lesson
paradigm
a model; an example
paramount
supreme
paragon
a model of perfection
paraphernalia
equipment
parched
extremely thirsty
pariah
outcast
parley
a conference
parochial
limited or related to a church
parody
a work which imitates another in a satirical way
paroxysm
a sudden outburst
parrot
to repeat or imitate
parry
to avoid something such as a blow; to evade
parsimonious
stingy
partisan
a strong supporter
passe
out-of-date
passive
submissive
pastoral
pertaining to the country
patent
government protection for an invention; obvious
paternal
fatherly
pathogenic
causing disease
pathos
deep feeling of pity
patriarch
a person regarded as a founder or father
patrician
aristocratic
patrimony
inherited right
patronage
the power to make appointments to government jobs
patronize
to be a customer or to talk down to
paucity
scarcity; lack of
peccadillo
a minor offense
pectoral
pertaining to the chest
peculate
to steal
pecuniary
pertaining to money
pedagogue
a schoolteacher
pedantic
to show off one's knowledge
pedestrian
ordinary; common; banal
pedigree
a record of ancestors
peer
an equal or to look at closely
peerless
without equal
peevish
hard to please
pejorative
insulting
pellucid
transparnt
pelt
skin of an animal; to throw
penal
pertaining to punishment
penchant
a strong liking for
penitent
expressing sorrow for a wrongdoing
pensive
thoughtful
penury
extreme poverty
peon
common worker
pereive
to observe or understand
perceptible
recognizable
perceptive
quick witted; keen
perdition
damnation
peregrinate
to travel; journey
peremptory
decisive or final
perennial
lasting for a long time; perpetual
perfidious
deceitful; unfaithful
perforce
of necessity
perfunctory
routine
perigee
point nearest to the earth
periphery
outside boundary; unimportant area of a subject
permeate
to spread throughout
pernicious
destructive
peroration
the concluding part of a speech
perpetrate
to be guilty of
perpetuate
cause to continue
perplex
confuse
perquisite
something additional to regular pay
persevere
to endure
perspicacity
sharp insight
perspicuity
clearness
pert
bold; lively
pertinent
to the point
perturb
to disturb
peruse
to read carefully
pervade
to spread throughout
perverse
contrary; stubborn
pervert
to corrupt
petrify
to paralyze with fear
petrology
study of rocks
petty
unimportant
petulant
irritable
phalanx
compact group of people
phenomenon
extraordinary (fact or occurrence)
philander
to engage in many love affairs
philanthropy
generosity to mankind
philately
stamp collection
philippic
a verbal attack
philistine
uncultured
phlegmatic
unemotional
phobia
intense fear
phoenix
a bird symbolizing immortality
picaresque
adventuous scoundrel
piddling
petty
piecemeal
bit by bit
pied
many-colored; variegated
piety
devotion
pigment
dye
pilgrimage
a journey to a holy place
pillage
to loot
pillory
to expose to public ridicule
pinnacle
highest point
pious
religious; deeply devoted to religion
piquant
stimulating to the taste; exciting
pique
to irritate
piscine
of or like a fish
pithy
to the point
pittance
small amount
pivotal
crucial; critical; important
placard
small poster
placate
to calm
placebo
harmless, phony medicine
placid
calm
plague
a contagious disease; to trouble
plaintive
sorrowful
platitude
a dull or trite remark
platonic
spiritual; free from sensual desire
plaudit
applause; any expression of approval
plebeian
pertaining to the lower classes
plenary
complete or absolute
plethora
abundance
pliant
easily bent
plight
a sad situation
ploy
a trick
pluck
to pull at; courage
plumb
to measure
plutocracy
rule by the wealthy class
poach
hunt or fish illegally
podium
a platform
poignant
distressing; affecting the emotions
polarize
to separate into opposing groups
polemic
a controversy
politic
diplomatic
poltroon
a coward
polychromatic
many-colored
polyglot
speaking or writing several languages
polymorphic
having many forms
ponder
to think deeply
pomp
show or display
ponderous
heavy
porcine
like a pig
portal
door or entrance
portentous
warning
portly
large
posterity
future generations
posthumous
after death
postulate
to assume
potable
drinkable
potent
powerful
potentate
ruler
potential
capacity or ability
potion
a drink
potpourri
a mixture
pragmatic
practical
prate
to talk long and pointlessly
precarious
uncertain or risky
precedent
an act used as an example
precept
a rule of conduct
precipice
cliff
precipitate
to bring about an action
precipitous
extemely steep
precis
a brief summary
preclude
to shut out; prevent
precocious
prematurely developed
precursor
a forerunner
predecessor
one who comes before another
predicate
to declare
predilection
a liking; preference; inclination
predispose
inclined in advance
preeminent
standing out above all others
preen
to dress
prehensile
adapted for grasping something
premeditate
to plan beforehand
premier
first in importance
premonition
forewarning
premise
statement made as a basis of an argument
preponderance
superiority in quantity; dominance
preposterous
ridiculous
prerogative
privilege
presage
to indicate or warn in advance
prescience
knowledge of things before they happen
presentiment
anticipation, especially of something evil
prestige
importance
presumptuous
boldly assuming
pretentious
showy; self-important; pompous
preternatural
abnormal
pretext
a false reason
prevail
to succeed
prevaricate
to lie
prim
formal; proper
primeval
of the earliest times
primogeniture
state of being the first born
primordial
original
primp
to dress up in a fussy way
pristine
uncorrupted; in its original state
prismatic
many-colored
privation
loss of something essential
privy
having knowledge of something private
probe
to investigate or examine
probity
honesty
proclivity
tendency
procrastinate
to postpone
procreate
to produce
procrustean
to get conformity at any cost
procure
to obtain
prodigious
enormous; great amount
prodigal
wasteful
profane
showing disrespect
profess
to acknowledge or admit
proffer
to offer
proficiency
skill; ability
profligate
immoral or extremely wasteful
profound
very deep; insightful
profuse
abundant
progeny
descendants
prognosticate
to predict; to foretell
proletarian
a member of the working class
proliferate
to increase or expand
prolific
productive
prolix
tediously long and wordy
prologue
introduction
promenade
a stroll or a walk; an area used for walking
promiscuous
sexually loose
promontory
piece of land that juts out
promulgate
to advocate
prone
lying flat
propagate
to multiply
prophetic
predicting
propinquity
closeness
propitious
favorable
propriety
conformity; appropriateness
prosaic
commonplace or dull
proscribe
to denounce; exile
proselyte
a convert
prospectus
a report describing a new project
prostrate
lying flat
protagonist
main character
protean
changeable
protege
one who has been instructed by another
protocol
etiquette observed by diplomats
prototype
the original
protract
to prolong
protrude
to stick out
proverbial
well-known
provident
having foresight; prudent
provincial
unsophisticated; narrow; limited
provisional
temporary
proviso
a condition
provoke
to irritate; to excite
prowess
skill or strength
proximity
nearness
proxy
one who acts in place of another
prudence
good judgement; cautious; careful
prune
to cut off or lop of such as twigs, branches, or roots
prurient
lustful; obscene; lewd
pseudo
false
pseudonym
an assumed name
psyche
the human spirit
puerile
immature
pugilist
a boxer
pugnacious
eager to fight
puissant
powerful
pulchritude
beauty
pulmonary
pertaining to the lungs
pulverize
crush or grind; totally destroy
pummel
to beat or thrash with the fists
pun
the use of words that sound alike but differ in meaning
punctilious
precise
pundit
an expert
pungent
having a sharp taste or smell; severely critical or sarcastic
punitive
pertaining to punishment
puny
weak
purge
to purify
puritanical
strict
purloin
to steal
purport
to claim
purvey
to supply
pusillanimous
cowardly
putative
supposed; believed
putrefy
to decay
pyre
a funeral fire
pyretic
pertaining to fever
pyromaniac
one who likes to start fires