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painstaking
extremely careful
- The jewler was painstaking in his effort not to change the shape of the metal he was working on.
palliate
to relieve or alleviate something without getting rid of the problem
- Asprin is a palliate.
palpable
capable of being touched
- The tumor was palpable.
paltry
insignificant; worthless
- The lawyer's efforts on our behalf were paltry.
panacea
something that cures everything
- The administration felt that a tax cut would be a panacia for the country's economic ills.
pardigm
a model or example
- All the cars the company produced were based on one paradigmatic design.
paradox
a true statement or phenomenon that nonetheless seems to contradict itself
- Mr. Cooper is a political paradox; he's a republican who only votes for democrats.
parochial
narrow or confined in point of view
- The journalist's parochial point of view prevented him from becoming a nationally known figure.
parsimonious
stingy
- Brooke was so parsimonious that she would walk for miles rather than call a cab.
partisan
one who supports a particular person, cause, or idea
- I am the partisan of any candiadate who promises not to increase taxes.
patent
obvious
- She is always coming up with pantenly foolish ideas.
pathology
the science of diseases
patriarch
the male head of a family or tribe
patrician
a person of noble birth
- Mr. Perno was a patrician.
paucity
scarcity
- There wasa paucity of fresh vegetables at the supermarket.
peccadilo
a minor offense
- The smiling defendent acted as though murder was only a peccadilo.
pedantic
boringly scholarly or academic
- The professor's intrepretation of the poem was pedantic.
pedestrian
unimaginative, banal
- The cafeteria's menu was pedestrian.
pejorative
negative
- Abe had a pejorative opion of the school.
penchant
a strong taste or liking for something
- Dogs have a penchant for chasing cats and cars.
penitent
sorry
- Julie was penitent when Kanye explained how much pain she had caused him.
pensive
thoughtful and sad
- Tiska became pensive when someone brought up her estranged mother.
peremptory
final; categorical
- Asher's father peremptorily banished him to his room.
perennial
continual
- Milton was a a perennial candidate for governer.
perfidy
treachery
- I was appalled at the general's treachery.
perfunctory
unenthusiastic
- Sandra's lawn mowing was perfunctory at best.
peripatetic
wandering
- Groupies are a peripatetic bunch.
periphery
the outside edge of something
- Jose never got involved in any of our activities; he was always at the periphery.
perjury
lying under oath
- The defendent was convicted of perjury during his trial.
permeate
to spread or seep through
-
a horrible smell permeated the room.
pernicious
deadly; extremely evil
- The drug dealer concluded their pernicious business on the street corner.
perquisite
a privilege that goes along with a job
- The corporate lawyer's perquisites included limo service.
pertinent
relevant
- Make sure to only use pertinent information in your paper.
perturb
disturb greatly
- The boy's mother was perturbed by his rude behavior at the dinner party.
peruse
to read carefully
- The lawyer perused the contact for many hours.
pervade
to spread throughout
- On exam day, doom pervaded the classroom.
petulant
rude; cranky
- The petulant waiter slammed down our water glasses.
philanthropy
love of mankind
philistine
a smugly ignorant person with no appreciation of intellectual or artistic matters
pious
reverent or devout; hypocritical
- The adulterous minister's sermon was filled with pious disregard for his own sins.
pivotal
crucial
- It is pivotal that everyone attend the meeting.
placate
to pacify; to soothe
- The tribe placated the angry volcano by throwing a few teenagers in.
plaintive
expressing sadness or sorrow
- The little bird's song seemed plaintive.
platitude
a dull remark; cliche
- The CEO's speech was full of platitudes.
plebian
common; vulgar
- Hillary would never eat frozen dinner, saying they were too plebian for her.
plethora
an excess
- We ate a plethora of candy on Halloween.
poignant
painfully emotional
- The woman's appearance on Oprah was poignant.
polarize
to up into opposing factions
- The political party was polarized.
polemic
a powerful argument often to made to attack a controversial issue
- The book was a convincing polemic.
ponderous
so large as to be clumsy
- The wedding cake was a ponderous blob of icing.
portent
an omen
- The distant rumbling we heard this morning was a portent of the thunderstorm that hit our area.
postulate
something accepted as true without proof
- We postulated what the fortune teller had said.
pragmatic
practical
- She was pragmatic in her beliefs.
precept
a rule to live by; a maxim
- "Love thy neighbor" is a precept we have sometimes found difficult to follow.
precipitate
to cause to happen abruptly
- The police were afraid the angry rioters might precipitate a riot.
precipitous
steep
- Andrea stumbled down a precipitous slope into drug addiction.
preclude
to prevent something from ever happening
- Ann feared that her low GPA might preclude her from getting into law school.
precursor
forerunner
- The arrival of the million dollar check was a precursor to the new car.
predilection
a natural preference for something
- The impatient judge had a predilection for well-prepared lawyers.
preeminent
better than anyone else; outstanding
- Oprah Winfrey is preeminent in her reign as talkshow queen.
preempt
to seize something by prior right
- The Office preempts 30 Rock's spot on NBC at 8:30 PM.
prepossess
to preoccupy
- My dream prepossessed me for days.
prodigal
wastefully extravagant
- The young artist was prodigal with his talents.
prodigious
extraordinarily; enormous
- The little boy caught a prodigious fish.
profligate
extravagantly wasteful and usually immoral
- The fraternity brothers were a profligate bunch.
profound
deep
She had a profound respect for her manager.
profuse
flowing; extravagant
- The homeless man's gratitude was profuse after I gave him my coat.
proliferate
to spread or grow rapidly
- Honey bees proliferated when we filled our garden with flowers.
prolific
abundantly productive
- The artist was prolific.
promulgate
to proclaim
- The principal promulgated a new dress code for the school.
propensity
a natural inclinationor tendancy
- Jessie had a propensity for saying stupid things.
propitious
marked by favorable signs or conditions
- Rush hour is not a propitious time to drive in the city.
proponent
an advocate
- The proponents of a tax incrase will probably not be re-elected.
propietary
characteristic of an owner of property
- George felt propietary after opening his own business.
propriety
properness; good manners
- Propriety prevented the young man from trashing the hotel room as he celebrated.
prosaic
dull; unimaginative
- The boy's ambitions were prosaic.
proscribe
to outlaw
- The doctor proscribed smoking around the building where he practiced.
proselytize
to convert someone from one religion or doctrine to another
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protract
to prolong
- The trial was so protracted that one of the jurors died of old age.
provident
preparing for the future
- We were provident with our limited food supplies.
provincial
limited in outlook to one's own small corner of the world
- The farmers were provincial.
provisional
conditional; temporary
- Louis had been accepted as a provisional member of the club.
purported
rumored; claimed
The heiress is purported to have been kidnapped by her own brother.
putative
commonly accepted; supposed
- The putative reason for placing the monument downtown is that nobody wanted it anyone else.