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philatelist
n. stamp-collector
philistine
n. narrow-minded person; uncultured and exclusively interested in material gain
philology
n. study of language
phlegmatic
adj. calm; not easily disturbed
phylum
n. major classification, second to kingdom, of plants and animals; division
physiognomy
n. face
piebald
adj. of different; mottled; spotted
pied
adj. variegated; multicolored
pillory
v. punish by placing in a wooden frame; subject to criticism and ridicule
pinion
v. restrain
piquant
adj. pleasantly tart-tasting; stimulating
pique
n. irritation; resentment
v. provoke or arrouse; annoy
piscatorial
adj. pertaining to fishing
pith
n. core or marrow; essence; substance
pithy
adj. concise; meaningful; substantial; meaty
platitude
n. trite remark; commonplace statement
plaudit
n. enthusiastic approval; round of applause
plebian
adj. common; pertaining to the common people
plenary
adj. complete; full
plethora
n. excess; overabundance
plumb
v. examine critically in order to understand; measure depth (by sounding)
adj. vertical
plutocracy
n. society ruled by the wealthy
polemic
n. controversy; argument in support of point of view
polemical
adj. aggressive in verbal attack; disputations
politic
adj. expedient; prudent; well devised
polity
n. form of government of nation or state
pomposity
n. self-important behavior; acting like a stuffed shirt
ponderous
adj. weighty; unwieldy
portend
v. foretell; presage
portent
n. sign; omen; forewarning
posture
v. assume an affected pose; act artificially
potentate
n. monarch; sovereign
poultice
n. soothing application applied to sore and inflamed parts of body