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precursor
a forerunner
piddling
petty
poltroon
a coward
piquant
stimulating to the taste; exciting
plenary
complete or absolute
pigment
dye
ponder
to think deeply
pious
religious; deeply devoted to religion
portable
capable of being carried
pillage
to loot
portentous
warning
pilgrimage
a journey to a holy place
posterity
future generations
pied
many-colored; variegated
precipitate
to bring about an action
philantropy
generosity to mankind
predeccesor
one who comes before another
pillory
to expose to public ridicule
predicate
to declare
peruse
to read carefully
portal
door or entrance
phalanx
compact group of people
predilection
a liking; preference; inclination
pique
to irritate
platitude
a dull or trite remark
petulant
irritable
premeditate
to plan beforehand
petty
unimportant
premier
first in importance
pessimist
one who sees the worst
preponderance
superiority in quantity; dominance
philistine
uncultured
pluck
to pull at; courage
philately
stamp collecting
preposterous
ridiculous
piecemeal
bit by bit
prodigious
enormous; great amount
phoenix
a bird symbolizing immortality
primordial
original
philander
to engage in many love affairs
prodigal
wasteful
petrology
study of rocks
procrustean
to get conformity at any cost
picaresque
adventurous scoundrel
prevail
to succeed
petrify
to paralyze with fear
primeval
of the earliest times
phlegmatic
unemotional
presentiment
anticipation, especially of something evil
pinnacle
highest point
placebo
harmless; phony medicine
piety
devotion
prescience
knowledge of things before they happen
pervade
to spread throughout
potable
drinkable
pervert
to corrupt
pomp
show or display
philippic
verbal attack
pretext
a false reason
perturb
to disturb
presage
to indicate or warn in advance
phobia
intense fear
polemic
a controversy
perverse
contrary; stubborn
primogeniture
state of being the first born
phenomenon
extraordinary (fact or occurrence)
prerogative
privilege
propinquity
closeness
polychromatic
many-colored
quagmire
a swamp; a difficult situation
posthumous
after death
protract
to prolong
precept
a rule of conduct
quail
to lose courage
pragmatic
practical
promulgate
to advocate
plague
a contagious disease; to trouble
protrude
to stick out
primp
to dress up in a fussy way
quibble
petty argument
pretentious
showy; self-important; pompous
provincial
unsophisticated; narrow; limited
pliant
easily bent
purloin
to steal
probe
to investigate or examine
puritanical
strict
procrastinate
to postpone
quandary
a puzzling situation
precarious
uncertain or risky
proxy
one who acts in place of another
ploy
a trick
quasi
resembling
precipitous
extreemly steep
putrefy
to decay
premise
statement made as a basis for an arguement
pyromaniac
one who likes to start fires
polyglot
speaking or writing several languages
rack
to torture
preen
to dress
rabid
intense or mad
poignant
distressing; affecting the emotions
prophetic
predicting
profane
showing disrespect
rabble
disorderly crowd
podium
a platform
quotidian
daily
preclude
to shut out; to prevent
quaint
pleasing or amusing
placate
to calm
psyche
the human spirit
polytheism
belief in many gods
quarry
being hunted
precis
brief summary
quirk
a peculiar characteristic; a sudden twist or turn
pivotal
crucial; critical; important
promiscuous
sexually loose
placard
small poster
quip
a witty remark
pithy
to the point
quell
to calm down
piscine
of or like a fish
proffer
to offer
preternatural
abnormal
prune
to cut off or lop off such as twigs, branches, or roots
potion
a drink
proletarian
a member of the working class
potent
powerful
proficiency
skill; ability
politic
diplomatic
query
a question
prim
formal; proper
queasy
uneasy
polymorphic
having many forms
progeny
descendants
porcine
like a pig
proviso
a condition
precocious
prematurely developed
pulchritude
beauty
plutocracy
rule by the wealthy class
proliferate
to increase or expand
postulate
to assume
prognosticate
to predict; to foretell
potpourri
a mixture
qualm
a feeling of uneasiness
prevaricate
to lie
punitive
pertaining to punishment
predispose
inclined in advance
profligate
immoral or extremely wasteful
plumb
to measure
quest
a search
prate
to talk long and pointlessly
punctillious
precise
presumptuous
boldly assuming
quiver
to tremble
portly
large
putative
supposed; believed
placid
calm
prolific
productive
potential
capacity or ability
pundit
an expert
ponderous
heavy
proscribe
to denounce; exile
proclivity
tendency
pummel
to beat or thrash with the fists
platonic
spiritual; free from sesual desire
protege
one who has been instructed by another
prismatic
many-colored
profuse
abundant
plethora
abundance
propagate
to multiply
poach
hunt or fish illegaly
protean
changeable
pristine
uncorrupted; in its original state
pulmonary
pertaining to the lungs
pittance
small amount
quaff
to gulp; to drink in large quantities
precipice
cliff
puissant
powerful
premonition
forewarning
prototype
the original
plaintive
sorrowful
quintessence
essence of something
procure
to obtain
pugnacious
eager to fight
prestige
importance
quietus
finishing stroke; anything that ends an activity
polarize
to seperate into opposing groups
quay
a wharf
precedent
an act used as an example
pseudonym
an assumed name
probity
honesty
quiescent
motionless
plaudit
applause; any expression of approval
pusillanimous
cowardly
preeminent
standing out above all others
purvey
to supply
prehensile
adapted for grasping something
prologue
introduction
procreate
to produce
prudence
good judgement; cautious; careful
plausible
apparently true; reasonable
querulous
complaining
privation
loss of something essential
quizzical
questioning or puzzled
privy
having knowledge of something private
pungent
having a sharp taste or smell; severely critical or sarcastic
potentate
ruler
protagonist
main character
plebeian
pertaining to the lower classes
promontory
piece of land that juts out
plight
a sad situation
quixotic
extremely idealistic
raiment
clothing
provoke
to irritate; to excite
rampant
widespread
protocol
etiquette observed by diplomats
rapacious
taking by force
raconteur
storyteller
rant
to speak in a loud manner
propriety
conformity; appropriateness
raspy
harsh; grating
prosaic
commonplace or dull
rancor
hatred
purge
to purify
ramification
a result or a consequence
propitious
favorable
rarefy
to make less dense; to refine
quadruped
a four-footed animal
rankle
to irritate
quash
to concel
rambunctious
hard to control
prone
lying flat
rail
to complain bitterly
pseudo
false
rash
a skin irritation; reckless
prolix
tediously long and wordy
rancid
a bad taste or smell; stale
profound
very deep; insightful
rakish
carefree
queue
a line of people
rapt
completely absorbed in or overcome with joy
prurient
lustful; obscene; lewd
rapport
harmony
pun
the use of words that sound alike but differ in meaning
radical
extreme; complete; violent
promenade
a stroll or a walk; an area used for walking
puerile
immature
quidnunc
a gossip
proximity
nearness
puny
weak
profess
to acknowledge or admit
proselyte
a convert
provisional
temporary
propensity
inclination
pyre
a funeral fire
pugilist
a boxer
pyretic
pertaining to fever
provident
having foresight; prudent
prospectus
a report describing a new project
proverbial
well-known
purport
to claim
quaver
to tremble
quiddity
essential quality
prowess
skill or strength
pulverize
crush or grind; totally destroy
prostrate
lying flat