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PACIFY
v. to calm someone down; to placate;
PAINSTAKING
painstaking taking pains a extremely careful; taking pains;
PALATABLE
palate; pleasant to the taste; agreeable to the feelings;
PALLIATE
v. to relieve or alleviate something without getting rid of the problem; to assuage; to mitigate;
PALLOR
paleness whiteness; paleness; whiteness;
PALPABLE
a. capable of being touched; obvious; tangible;
PALTRY
a. insignificant; worthless;
PANACEA
n. something that cures everything;
PANDEMIC
prevalent throughout a large area;
PANEGYRIC
elaborate praise; eulogy;
PARABLE
palpable; touchable culpable; guilty; religious allegory; fable; morality tale;
PARADIGM
n. a model or example;
PARADOX
n. a true statement or phenomenon that nonetheless seems to contradict itself; an untrue statement or phenomenon that nonetheless seems logical;
PARAGON
paradigm; a model or pattern of excellence;
PARALLEL
similar comparable;
PARANOIA
a. mental illness in which the sufferer believes people are out to get him;unreasonable anxiety;
PARANORMAL
having to do with an event or events that cant be explained scientifically;supernatural;
PAROCHIAL
a. narrow or confined in point of view; provincial;
PARODY
n. a satirical imitation;
PAROXYSM
a. sudden violent outburst; a severe attack;
PARSIMONIOUS
stingy a stingy;
PARTISAN
n. one who supports a particular person cause or idea;
PARTITION
division; dividing wall;
PASTORAL
idyllic; rural; rustic; peaceful and calm like the country;
PATENT
obvious a obvious;
PATERNAL
a. fatherly; father like;
PATHOLOGY
n. the science of diseases;
PATHOS
that which makes people feel pity or sorrow;
PATINA
archaic surface discoloration caused by age and exudation;
PATRIARCH
n. the male head of a family or tribe;
PATRICIAN
n. a person of noble birth; an aristocrat;
PATRIMONY
legacy; lethargy; an inheritance especially from a father; a legacy;
PATRONIZE
v. to treat as an inferior; to condescend to;
PAUCITY
scarcity n scarcity;
PECCADILLO
n. a minor offense;
PECULIAR
unusual; bizarre; individual; belonging to a particular region;
PEDANTIC
a. boringly scholarly or academic;
PEDESTRIAN
unimaginative banal a unimaginative; banal;
PEJORATIVE
negative disparaging a negative; disparaging;
PENCHANT
n. a strong taste or liking for something; a predilection;
PENITENT
sorry repentant contrite a sorry; repentant; contrite;
PENSIVE
a. thoughtful and sad;
PEREGRINATION
wandering; traveling;
PEREMPTORY
categorical a final; categorical; dictatorial;
PERENNIAL
continual a continual; happening again and again or year after year;
PERFIDY
treachery n treachery;
PERFUNCTORY
careless; unenthusiastic a unenthusiastic; careless;
PERIPATETIC
itinerant wandering a wandering; traveling continually; itinerant;
PERIPHERY
n. the outside edge of something;
PERJURY
n. lying under oath;
PERMEATE
v. to spread or seep through; to penetrate;
PERNICIOUS
deadly a deadly; extremely evil;
PERPETRATOR
the one who committed the act;
PERPETUATE
to make something perpetual; to keep from perishing;
PERQUISITE
perk n a privilege that goes along with a job; a perk;
PERTINENT
relevant a relevant; dealing with the matter at hand;
PERTURB
v. to disturb greatly;
PERUSE
v. to read carefully;
PERVADE
v. to spread throughout;
PERVERSE
obdurate stern stiff contrary; stubborn;
PETULANT
cranky rude a rude; cranky; ill tempered;
PHANTASM
apparition; ghost; phantom;
PHILANTHROPY
n. love of mankind especially by doing good deeds;
PHILISTINE
n. a smugly ignorant person with no appreciation of intellectual or artistic matters;
PHLEGMATIC
disinterest nonchalant indifferent; calm or indifferent; not easily roused to excitement;
PILGRIMAGE
religious o spiritual journey; excursion; peregrination;
PIVOTAL
crucial a crucial;
PLACATE
v. to pacify; to appease; to soothe;
PLACEBO
a. fake medication; a fake medication used as a control in tests of the effectiveness of drugs;
PLAINTIVE
a. expressing sadness or sorrow;
PLATITUDE
n. a dull or trite remark; a cliche;
PLATONIC
nonsexual; purely spiritual;
PLAUSIBLE
believable; convincing;
PLEBEIAN
vulgar n common; vulgar; low class; bourgeois;
PLETHORA
n. an excess;
PLIABLE
flexible; easy to bend; easy to convince persuade or mold;
PLIGHT
a. dangerous distressing or unpleasant situation;
PLOYS
a. reverent or devout; outwardly and sometimes falsely reverent or devout; hypocritical;
PLUNDER
flounder; to loot; o ransack;
PLURALISM
a. condition of society in which distinct groups exist and function together get retain their own identities;
POIGNANT
a. painfully emotional; extremely moving; sharp or astute;
POLARIZE
v. to break up into opposing factions or groupings;
POLEMIC
n. a powerful argument often make to attack or refute a controversial issue;
PONDEROUS
massive dull a so large as to be clumsy; massive; dull;
PONTIFICATE
to speak pompously or dogmatically;
POROUS
filled with many tiny holes; permeable; absorbent;
PORTENT
n. an omen; a sign of something coming in the future;
POSTERITY
future generations; descendants; heirs;
POSTHUMOUS
occurring after ones death; published after the death of the author;
POSTULATE
n. something accepted as true without proof; and axiom;
POSTURE
to act or speak artificially or affectedly;
PRAGMATIC
a. practical; down to earth; based on experience rather than theory;
PRATTLE
to chatter on and on; to babble childishly;
PRECARIOUS
dangerously insecure or unsteady;
PRECEDENT
n. an earlier example or model of something;
PRECEPT
maxim; n a rule to live by; a principle establishing a certain kind of action or behavior; a maxim;
PRECIPITATE
v. to cause to happen abruptly;
PRECIPITOUS
steep; a steep;
PRECLUDE
v. to prevent something from ever happening;
PRECOCIOUS
unusually mature; uncommonly gifted;
PRECURSOR
n. forerunner; something that goes before and anticipates or paves the way for whatever it is that follows;
PREDECESSOR
someone or something that precedes in time;
PREDICAMENT
a. dangerous or unpleasant situation; a dilemma;
PREDILECTION
n. a natural preference for something;
PREDISPOSE
to make susceptible; to put in a frame of mind for; to incline toward;
PREDOMINANT
dominantmost important; dominant; having power over others;
PREEMINENT
a. better than anyone else; outstanding; supreme;
PREEMPT
v. to seize something by prior right;
PREGNANT
highly significant; overflowing;
PRELUDE
overture; introduction; something that precedes something else;
PREMEDITATED
planned beforehand; prearranged; plotted;
PREMISE
n. an assumption; the basis for a conclusion;
PREPONDERANCE
superiority in weight number size extent influence ext majority; predominance;
PREPOSSESS
v. to preoccupy; to influence beforehand or prejudice; to make a good impression on beforehand;
PREROGATIVE
n. a right or privilege connected exclusively with a position a person a class a nation or some other group or classification;
PRESAGE
to portend; to foreshadow; to forecast or predict;
PRESENTIMENT
the feeling that something especially something bad is about to happen;
PRESUMABLY
presume probably; the assumption is that; doubtless;
PRESUPPOSE
to assume beforehand; to take for granted in advance; to require as a prior condition;
PREVAIL
v. to triumph; to overcome rivals; with on upon or with to persuade;
PRIMAL
first; original; of the greatest importance;
PRISTINE
a. original; unspoiled; pure;
PRIVATION
lack of comforts or necessities; poverty;
PROCLAIM
declare; to announce; declare; make known;
PROCURE
to obtain or acquire by special means;
PRODIGAL
a. wastefully extravagant;
PRODIGIOUS
a. extraordinary; enormous; vast;
PRODIGY
n. an extremely talented child; an extraordinary accomplishment or occurrence; wonder;
PROFANE
a. not having to do with religion; irreverent; blasphemous;
PROFESS
v. to declare; to declare falsely or pretend;
PROFESSED
;
PROFESSIONAL
a. n;
PROFICIENT
at in n expert a thoroughly competent; skillful; very good at something;
PROFLIGATE
a. n a extravagantly wasteful and usually wildly immoral;
PROFOUND
n. a deep several senses; sleep knowledge meaning thanks anxiety bow n profundity profoundness;
PROFUSE
a. flowing; extravagant;
PROGENY
offspring; descendants;
PROLETARIAT
n. the industrial working class;
PROLIFERATE
v. to spread or grow rapidly;
PROLIFIC
a. abundantly productive; fruitful or fertile;
PROMULGATE
v. to proclaim; to publicly or formally declare something;
PROPAGATE
to reproduce; to multiply; to spread or disseminate;
PROPENSITY
n. a natural inclination or tendency; a predilection;
PROPITIOUS
a. marked by favorable signs or conditions;
PROPONENT
n. an advocate; a supporter of a position;
PROPOUND
propose; to set forth or propose; to offer for consideration;
PROPRIETARY
a. characteristic of an owner of property; constituting property;
PROPRIETY
n. properness; good manners;
PROSAIC
a. dull; unimaginative; like prose as opposed to poetry;
PROSCRIBE
v. to outlaw; to prohibit;
PROSELYTIZE
v. to convert someone from one religion or doctrine to another; to recruit converts to a religion or doctrine;
PROT
g;
PROTAGONIST
n. the leading character in a novel play or other work; a leader or champion;
PROTOCOL
diplomatic etiquette and customs;
PROTRACT
prolong v to prolong;
PROVIDENT
a. preparing for the future; providing for the future; frugal;
PROVINCIAL
a. limited in outlook to ones own small corner of the world; narrow;
PROVISIONAL
a. conditional; temporary; tentative;
PROVOCATION
incitement; the act of provoking; incitement; cause;
PROWESS
exceptional skill or strength; uncommon bravery;
PROXIMITY
n. nearness;
PRUDENT
a. careful; having foresight;
PRURIENT
licentious lascivious; having lustful thoughts or desires; causing lust;
PSEUDONYM
a. false name; an alias;
PSYCHE
the human soul; the mind; the spirit;
PUMMEL
plumb; plummet; to pound or punch with the fists;
PUNCTILIOUS
meticulously attentive to detail; scrupulously and sometimes annoyingly exact;
PUNDIT
erudite; an expert; an authority; a learned person;
PUNGENT
repugnant; sharp tasting or sharp smelling; acrid; causing or incisive;
PUNITIVE
inflicting a punishment;
PURBLIND
dim sighted; practically blind; lacking understanding or imagination;
PURITANICAL
very severe and strict about morals;
PURPORTED
a. rumored; claimed;
PUTATIVE
a. commonly accepted; supposed; reputed;