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PAEAN
a song of praise or thanksgiving
PALLIATE
to make less serious, ease
PANACEA
cure-all
PANEGYRIC
elaborate praise; formal hymn of praise
PANOPLY
impressive array
PARLEY
discussion, usually between enemies
PAROCHIAL
of limited scope or outlook, provincial
PARSIMONY
stinginess
PASTICHE
piece of literature or music imitating other works
PAUCITY
scarcity, lack
PECCADILLO
minor sin or offense
PECULATION
theft of money or goods
PENCHANT
inclination
PENULTIMATE
next to last
PENUMBRA
partial shadow
PERAMBULATE
walk about
PERIPHRASTIC
using circumlocution
PERNICIOUS
very harmful
PERSPICACIOUS
shrewd, astute, keen-witted
PERTINACIOUS
persistent, stubborn
PHALANX
massed group of soldiers, people, or things
PHILISTINE
narrow-minded person, someone lacking
appreciation
for art or culture
PLAIT
to braid
PLANGENT
resounding; plaintive
PLAUDIT
applause
PNEUMATIC
relating to air; worked by compressed air
POLEMIC
controversy, argument; verbal attack
POLYGLOT
speaker of many languages
POSIT
to put in position; to suggest an idea
PRECEPT
principle; law
PRECURSOR
forerunner, predecessor
PREDILECTION
preference, liking
PRESCIENT
having foresight
PRIVATION
lack of usual necessities or comforts
PROBITY
honesty, high-mindedness
PROGENITOR
originator, forefather, ancestor in a direct line
PROGNOSTICATE
to predict
PROLIFIC
productive, fertile
PROLIX
tedious; wordy
PROMULGATE
to make known publicly
PROPINQUITY
nearness
PROPITIOUS
favorable, advantageous
PROSELYTIZE
to induce someone to convert to a particular belief or religion
PROSTRATE
lying face downward, lying flat on the ground
PROTAGONIST
main character in a play or story, hero
PROVIDENT
prudent, frugal
PROVINCIAL
rustic, unsophisticated, limited in scope
PRURIENT
lustful, exhibiting lewd desires
PUERILE
childish, immature, silly
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