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Peruse
to read carefully
Perturb
disturb
Pertinent
relevant
Perquisite
a privilege that goes along with a job
Pernicious
deadly
Permeate
spread or seep through
Patent
obvious
Perjury
lying under oath
Periphery
the outside edge of something
Peripatetic
wandering, traveling
Perfunctory
unenthusiastic
Perfidy
treachery
Perennial
continual
Preemptory
final
Pensive
thoughtful, sad
Paternal- father- like
Pathology- the science of diseases
Patriarch- the male head of the family
Patrician- person of noble birth
Patronize- to treat someone as inferior
Paucity- scarcity
Peccadillo- minor offense
Pedantic- boringly scholarly
Pedestrian- unimaginative
Pejorative- negative
Penchant- strong taste or liking for something
Penitent
sorry
Penchant
strong taste or liking for something
Pejorative
negative
Pedestrian
unimaginative
Pedantic
boringly scholarly
Peccadillo
minor offense
Paucity
scarcity
Patronize
to treat someone as inferior
Patrician
person of noble birth
Patriarch
the male head of the family
Pathology
the science of diseases
Paternal
father- like
Pervade
to spread through out
Petulant
rude, cranky
Philanthropy
love of humankind
Philistine
a smugly ignorant person with no appreciation for artistic or intellectual matters
Pious
reverent or devout
Pivotal
crucial
Placate
to pacify
Plaintive
expressing sadness or sorrow
Platitude
a dull trite remark
Plebian
common
Plethora
an excess
Poignant
painfully emotional
Polarize
to break up into opposing factions
Polemic
a powerful argument often made to attack or refute a controversial issue
Ponderous
so large as to be clumsy
Portent
an omen
Postulate
something accepted as true without proof
Pragmatic
practical
Precedent
an earlier example or model of something
Precept
a rule to live by
Precipitate
to cause to happen abruptly
Precipitous
steep
Preclude
to prevent something from ever happening
Precursor-
something that goes before
Predilection-
a natural preference for something
Preeminent-
better than anyone else
Preempt-
to seize something by prior right
Premise-
an assumption
Prepossess-
to preoccupy
Prerogative-
a right or privilege connected exclusively with position
Prevail-
to overcome
Pristine-
original, unspoiled
Prodigal-
wastefully extravagant
Prodigious-
extraordinary
Prodigy-
extremely talented child
Profane-
not having to do with religion, blasphemous
Profess-
to declare
Proficient-
thoroughly competent
Profligate-
extravagantly wasteful
Profound-
deep
Profuse-
flowing
Proletariat-
the industrial working class
Proliferate-
to spread or grow rapidly
Prolific-
abundantly productive
Promulgate-
to proclaim
Propensity-
a natural inclination or tendency
Propitious-
marked by favorable signs or conditions
Proponent-
an advocate
Proprietary
- characteristic of an owner of property
Propriety-
properness
Prosaic-
dull
Proscribe-
to outlaw
Proselytize-
to convert
Protagonist-
the leading character in a novel
Protract-
prolong
Provident-
preparing for the future
Provincial-
limited in outlook to one’s own small corner of the world
Provisional-
conditional, temporary
Proximity-
nearness
Prudent-
careful
Purported-
rumored
Putative-
commonly accepted
Qualify-
to modify or restrict
Qualitative-
having to do with the quality of something
Querulous-
complaining; grumbling
Quixotic-
romantic or idealistic to a foolish or impractical degree.
Ramification-
consequences
Rancor-
long lasting
Rapacious-
greedy
Rebuke-
criticize sharply
Rebut-
to contradict
Recalcitrant-
stubbornly defiant
Recant-
to publicly take back
Reciprocal-
mutual
Reclusive-
hermit-like
Recondite-
hard to understand
Recrimination-
bitter counteraccusation
Redolent-
fragrant
Redundant-
repetitive, excessive
Refute-
to prove to be false
Reiterate-
to say again
Relegate-
to banish
Relentless-
continuous
Relinquish-
to release or let go of
Remonstrate-
to argue against
Renaissance-
a rebirth
Renounce-
to give up formally
Reparation-
making amends
Repercussions-
a consequence
Replenish-
to fill again
Replete
completely filled
Reprehensible-
worthy of blame
Reprisal-
taking an “eye for an eye”
Reproach-
to scold
Reprove-
criticize mildly
Repudiate-
to reject
Requisite-
required
Resolute-
determined
Respite-
a period of rest or relief
Reticent-
quiet
Revere-
to respect highly
Rhetoric-
the art of formal speaking or writing
Rigorous-
strict; harsh
Robust
- strong and healthy
Rogue-
criminally dishonest person
Rudimentary-
basic
Ruminate-
to contemplate
Rustic-
rural
Saccharine-
sweet
Sacrilege-
a violation of something sacred
Sacrosanct-
sacred
Sagacious-
discerning
Salient-
sticking out
Salutary-
healthful; remedial
Sanctimonious-
pretending to be devout
Sanguine-
cheerful
Sardonic-
mocking
Scintillate-
to sparkle
Scrupulous-
strict
Scrutinize-
to examine carefully
Secular-
having nothing to do with religion or spirituality
Sedition-
treason
Sentient-
able to be perceived
Sequester-
to set or keep apart
Serendipity-
accidental good fortune
Servile-
like a servant
Singular-
unique
Slander-
to speak badly about someone publicly
Sloth-
laziness
Sobriety-
the state of being sober
Solicitous-
eager and attentive
Solvent-
not broke or bankrupt
Soporific-
sleep inducing
Sordid-
vile; dirty
Spawn-
bring forth
Specious-
deceptively plausible
Sporadic-
stopping and starting
Spurious-
false
Squalor-
filth
Squander-
to waste
Stagnation-
motionless
Static-
stationary
Staunch-
firmly committed
Steadfast-
loyal
Stigmatize-
to brand with disgrace
Stipulate-
to require something as part of a deal
Stoic-
indifferent
Stratum-
layer
Stricture-
a restriction
Strife-
bitter conflict
Stringent-
strict
Stymie-
to thwart