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philanthropist
n. lover of mankind; doer of good
philistine
n. narrow-minded person, uncultured and exclusively interested in material gain
philology
n. study of language
phlegmatic
adj. calm; not easily disturbed
phobia
n. morbid fear
phoenix
n. symbol of immortality and rebirth
phylum
n. major class of plants; primarily branch of animal kingdom; division
physiological
adj. pertaining to the science of the function of living organisms
picaresque
adj. pertaining to rogue in literature
piebald
adj. mottled; spotted
piecemeal
adv. one piece at a time; gradually
pied
adj. variegated; multicolored
piety
n. religious devotion; godliness
pigment
n. coloring matter
pillage
v. plunder; loot
pine
v. languish; decline; long for; yearn
pinnacle
n. peak
pious
adj. devout; religious
piquant
adj. pleasantly tart-tasting; stimulating
pique
n. irritation; resentment
pique
v. provoke or arouse; annoy
pitfall
n. hidden danger; concealed trap
pithy
adj. concise; meaningful; substantial; meaty
pittance
n. a small allowance or wage
pivotal
adj. crucial; key; vital
placate
v. pacify; conciliate
placebo
n. harmless substance prescribed as a dummy pill
placid
adj. peaceful; calm
plagiarism
n. theft of another's ideas or writings passed off as original
plagiarize
v. steal another's ideas and pass them off as one's own
plaintive
adj. mournful
plasticity
n. ability to be modeled
platitude
n. trite remark; commonplace statement
plaudit
n. enthusiastically worded approval; round of applause
plausible
adj. having a show of truth but open to doubt; specious
plenitude
n. abundance; completeness
plethora
n. excess; overabundance
pliable
adj. flexible; yielding; adaptable
pliant
adj. flexible; easily influenced
plight
n. condition, state (esp ecially a bad sate or condition); predicament
plumage
n. feathers of a bird
plumb
adj. checking perpendicularity; vertical
plumb
v. examine critically in order to understand; measure depth (by sounding)
plummet
v. fall sharply
plutocracy
n. society ruled by the wealthy
podiatrist
n. doctor who treats ailments of the feet
podium
n. pedestal; raised platform
poignancy
n. quality of being deeply moving; keenness of emotion
polarize
v. split into opposite extremes or camps
polemical
adj. aggressive in verbal attack; disputatious
politic
adj. expedient; prudent; well advised
polygamist
n. one who has more than one spouse at a time
polyglot
adj. several languages
pomposity
n. self-important behavior; acting like a stuffed shirt
ponderous
adj. weighty; unwieldy
pontifical
adj. pertaining to a bishop or pope; pompous or pretentious
pore
v. study industriously; ponder; scrutinize
porous
adj. full of pores; like a sieve
portend
v. foretell; presage
portent
n. sign; omen; forewarning
portly
adj. stately; stout
poseur
n. person who pretends to be sophisticated, elegant, etc., to impress others
posterity
n. descendants; future generations
posthumous
adj. after death (as of child born after father's death or book published after author's death)
postulate
n. essential premise; underlying assumption
potable
adj. suitable for drinking
potent
adj. powerful; persuasive; greatly influential
potentate
n. monarch; sovereign
potential
adj. expressing possibility; latent
potion
n. dose (of liquid)
practicable
adj. feasible
practical
adj. based on experience; useful
practitioner
n. somebody engage in a profession (law, medicine)
pragmatic
adj. practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with the practical worth or impact of something
pragmatist
n. practical person
prank
n. mischievous trick
prate
v. speak foolishly; boast idly
prattle
v. babble
preamble
n. introductory statement
precarious
adj. uncertain; risky
precedent
n. something preceding in time that may be used as an authority or guide for future action