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propitious
adj. favorable; fortunate; advantageous
proponent
n. supporter; backer; opposite of opponent
propound
v. put forth for analysis
propriety
n. fitness; correct conduct
propulsive
adj. driving forward
prosaic
adj. dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual
proscribe
v. ostracize; banish; outlaw
proselytize
v. convert to a religion or belief
prosperity
n. good fortune; financial success; physical well-being
prostrate
v. stretch out full on ground
protean
adj. versatile; able to take on many shapes
protege
n. person receiving support and protection from a patron
protocol
n. diplomatic etiquette
prototype
n. original work used as a model by others
protract
v. prolong
protrude
v. stick out
protuberance
n. protrusion; bulge
provident
adj. displaying foresight; thrifty; preparing for emergencies
provincial
adj. pertaining to a province; limited in outlook; unsophisticated
provisional
adj. tentative
provocative
adj. arousing anger or interest; annoying
provoke
v. stir to anger; cause retaliation
prowess
n. extraordinary ability; military bravery
proximity
n. nearness
proxy
n. authorized agent
prude
n. excessively modest person
prudent
adj. cautious; careful
prune
v. cut away; trim
prurient
adj. having or causing lustful thoughts and desires
pseudonym
n. pen name
psyche
n. soul; mind
pterodactyl
n. extinct flying reptile
puerile
adj. childish; immature
pugilist
n. boxer
pugnacity
n. combativeness; disposition to fight
pulchritude
n. beauty; comeliness
pulverize
v. crush or grind into dust
pummel
v. beat or pound with fists
punctilious
adj. laying stress on niceties of conduct or form; minutely attentive to fine points (perhaps too much so)
pundit
n. authority on a subject; learned person; expert
pungent
adj. stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic
punitive
adj. punishing
puny
adj. insignificant; tiny; weak
purchase
n. firm grasp or footing
purge
v. remove or get rid of sth unwanted; free from blame or guilt; cleanse or purify
purported
adj. alleged; claimed; reputed or rumored
purse
v. pucker; contract into wrinkles
purveyor
n. furnisher or foodstuffs; caterer
pusillanimous
adj. cowardly; fainthearted
putrid
adj. foul; rotten; decayed
pyromaniac
n. person with an insane desire to set things on fire
quack
n. charlatan; impostor
quadruped
adj. four-footed animal
quaff
v. drink with relish
quagmire
n. soft, wet, boggy land; complex or dangerous situation from which it is difficult to free oneself
quail
v. cower; lose heart
quaint
adj. odd; old-fashioned; picturesque
qualified
adj. limited; restricted
qualms
n. misgivings; uneasy fears, especially about matters of conscience
quandary
n. dilemma
quarantine
n. isolation of person or ship to prevent spread if infection
quarry
n. victim; object of a hunt
quarry
v. dig into