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pacific
soothing
palatable
agreeable to the taste or sensibilities
palette
a range of colors or qualities
palliate
to reduce the severity of
pallid
lacking color
panacea
a remedy for all ills or difficulties
paradigm
an example that is a perfect pattern or model
paradox
an apparently contradictory statement that is perhaps true
paragon
a model of excellence or perfection
paramount
greatest in importance, rank, character
pariah
an outcast
parody
a satirical imitation
parsimony
frugality, stinginess
partisan
a follower, adherent
patent
readily seen or understood, clear
pathology
a deviation from the normal
pathos
an emotion of sympathy
paucity
small in quantity
pejorative
derogatory, uncomplimentary
pellucid
easily intelligible, clear
penchant
a tendency, partiality, preference
penitent
remorseful, regretful
penultimate
next to last
penurious
miserly, stingy
perfidious
disloyal, unfaithful
perfunctory
showing little interest or enthusiasm
permeate
to spread throughout, saturate
pernicious
extremely destructive or harmful
perplex
to confuse
perspicacity
shrewdness, perceptiveness
pert
flippant, bold
pertinacious
stubbornly persistent
perusal
a careful examination, review
pervasive
having the tendency to spread throughout
petulance
rudeness, irritability
philanthropic
charitable, giving
phlegmatic
uninterested, unresponsive
pillage
to seize or plunder, especially in war
pinnacle
the highest point
pithy
concisely meaningful
pittance
a very small amount, especially relating to money
placate
to ease the anger of, soothe
placid
calm, peaceful
platitude
an uninspired remark, cliché
plaudits
enthusiastic approval, applause
plausible
believable, reasonable
plenitude
an abundance
plethora
an abundance, excess
pliable
flexible
poignant
deeply affecting, moving
polemic
an aggressive argument against a specific opinion
portent
an omen
potable
suitable for drinking
potentate
one who has great power, a ruler
pragmatic
practical
precipice
the face of a cliff, a steep or overhanging place
preclude
to prevent
precocious
advanced, developing ahead of time
predilection
a preference or inclination for something
preponderance
superiority in importance or quantity
prepossessing
occupying the mind to the exclusion of other thoughts or feelings
presage
an omen
prescient
to have foreknowledge of events
prescribe
to lay down a rule
presumptuous
disrespectfully bold
pretense
an appearance or action intended to deceive
primeval
original, ancient
privation
lacking basic necessities
probity
virtue, integrity
proclivity
a strong inclination toward something
procure
to obtain, acquire
profane
lewd, indecent
profligate
dissolute, extravagant
profuse
plentiful, abundant
promulgate
to proclaim, make known
propagate
to multiply, spread out
propensity
an inclination, preference
propitious
favorable
propriety
the quality or state of being proper, decent
prosaic
plain, lacking liveliness
proscribe
to condemn, outlaw
protean
able to change shape
prowess
extraordinary ability
prudence
cautious, circumspect
prurient
eliciting or possessing an extraordinary interest in sex
puerile
juvenile, immature
pugnacious
quarrelsome, combative
pulchritude
physical beauty
punctilious
eager to follow rules or conventions
pungent
having a pointed, sharp quality—often used to describe smells
punitive
involving punishment
putrid
rotten, foul