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





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