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paramount
highly important or significant
parsimonious
exhibiting excessive or extreme care about money and spending
partake
to take part in an activity with others; to participate
patent
obvious; not hidden; visible
patriotism
the love for or loyalty to an individual's country of nationality or citizenship
patronize
to act as a regular customer; to provide economic support
peak
the highest point
peculiar
strange; weird
peeling
the skin of a fruit or vegetable
penchant
desire or preference
penetrate
to enter inside, esp. with force
penitence
the feeling of deep regret or sorrow about one's wrongdoing; contrition, remorse
perceptible
capable of being understood by the senses
perfidy
disloyalty or treason toward an individual's country of national origin
perjury
the action of lying while giving a sworn statement in court
perpetually
continuously
perturb
to cause disorder or annoyance
peruse
to read smt., esp. carefully or for specific information
pervasive
affecting all parts of smt.
pessimism
behavior marked by expecting the worst to happen
phlegmatic
calm and unemotional
phoney
false; artificial, or insincere; bogus
pillage
the action of robbing or seizing objects, such as in a war
pioneer
an individual who goes into unexplored territory
pique
to irritate or provoke
pittance
a very small wage or amount of money
plentiful
abundant; more than enough
plot
the organization or plan of a story
plump
fat; thick and round
ponder
to think about or consider deeply
populace
people residing in a certain area
posterity
future generations; descendants
potential
possible; capable of becoming fact
precarious
dangerous; treacherous
precedent
a previous event; esp. one which establishes a pattern for subsequent behavior
precinct
territory of a city established for police control
precipitate
to cause or bring about, especially suddenly
predator
an individual or animal that preys or kills
predilection
a desire or preference
predicament
dilemma; difficult situation
predominant
playing a major or significant role; prominent
prematurely
too early
premise
an area of land which contains buildings
prerogative
a special option, decision, or privilege
prevalent
commonly practiced; continuing in use or acceptance; widespread
proliferation
an amount which is excessive in growth or quantity; plethora
prominent
playing a major or significant role
prompt
to cause; to bring about a result or action
prone
having a certain tendency or vulnerability
propensity
a desire or preference that appears natural to a certain person
proposition
a problem put forward for consideration
prosecute
to take to court for the commission of a crime
prostrate
lying in a face-down position; sometimes used to describe an act of worship
protocol
standards of conduct
protract
to continue for an extended time
provident
the provision for unforeseen events in the future; careful; prudent
provoke
to cause or incite anger
prudence
the exercise of care or caution
pugnacious
exceptionally aggressive or quarrelsome in behaviou
punch
to hit with a closed hand
purge
to dispose of, esp. with force
pursuit
a hobby or undertaking
putrid
being highly unpleasant or repugnant, rotten
quaint
charming and old-fashioned
quarters
accommodation, usually for soldiers or animals
quarry
an open area from which rock, such as marble, is removed
querulous
characterized by constant complaining
quest
a mission or adventure in pursuit of a specific purpose
quirk
unnatural behavior or affectation; idiosyncrasy