Vocabulary (P)

Serial Word Meaning
1 pacify v. To bring into a peaceful state
2 packet n. A bundle, as of letters
3 pact n. A covenant
4 pagan n. A worshiper of false gods
5 pageant n. A dramatic representation, especially a spectacular one
6 palate n. The roof of the mouth
7 palatial adj. Magnificent
8 paleontology n. The branch of biology that treats of ancient life and fossil organisms
9 palette n. A thin tablet, with a hole for the thumb, upon which artists lay their colors for painting
10 palinode n. A retraction
11 pall v. To make dull by satiety
12 palliate v. To cause to appear less guilty
13 pallid adj. Of a pale or wan appearance
14 palpable n. perceptible by feeling or touch
15 palsy n. Paralysis
16 paly adj. Lacking color or brilliancy
17 pamphlet n. A brief treatise or essay, usually on a subject of current interest
18 pamphleteer v. To compose or issue pamphlets, especially controversial ones
19 panacea n. A remedy or medicine proposed for or professing to cure all diseases
20 Pan-American adj. Including or pertaining to the whole of America, both North and South
21 pandemic adj. Affecting a whole people or all classes, as a disease
22 pandemonium n. A fiendish or riotous uproar
23 panegyric n. A formal and elaborate eulogy, written or spoken, of a person or of an act
24 panel n. A rectangular piece set in or as in a frame
25 panic n. A sudden, unreasonable, overpowering fear
26 panoply n. A full set of armor
27 panorama n. A series of large pictures representing a continuous scene
28 pantheism n. The worship of nature for itself or its beauty
29 Pantheon n. A circular temple at Rome with a fine Corinthian portico and a great domed roof
30 pantomime n. Sign-language
31 pantoscope n. A very wide-angled photographic lens
32 papacy n. The official head of the Roman Catholic Church
33 papyrus n. The writing-paper of the ancient Egyptians, and later of the Romans
34 parable n. A brief narrative founded on real scenes or events usually with a moral
35 paradox n. A statement or doctrine seemingly in contradiction to the received belief
36 paragon n. A model of excellence
37 parallel v. To cause to correspond or lie in the same direction and equidistant in all parts
38 parallelism n. Essential likeness
39 paralysis n. Loss of the power of contractility in the voluntary or involuntary muscles
40 paralyze v. To deprive of the power to act
41 paramount adj. Supreme in authority
42 paramour n. One who is unlawfully and immorally a lover or a mistress
43 paraphernalia n. Miscellaneous articles of equipment or adornment
44 paraphrase v. Translate freely
45 pare v. To cut, shave, or remove (the outside) from anything
46 parentage n. The relation of parent to child, of the producer to the produced, or of cause to effect
47 Pariah n. A member of a degraded class; a social outcast
48 parish n. The ecclesiastical district in charge of a pastor
49 Parisian adj. Of or pertaining to the city of Paris
50 parity n. Equality, as of condition or rank
51 parlance n. Mode of speech
52 parley v. To converse in
53 parliament n. A legislative body
54 parlor n. A room for reception of callers or entertainment of guests
55 parody v. To render ludicrous by imitating the language of
56 paronymous adj. Derived from the same root or primitive word
57 paroxysm n. A sudden outburst of any kind of activity
58 parricide n. The murder of a parent
59 parse v. To describe, as a sentence, by separating it into its elements and describing each word
60 parsimonious adj. Unduly sparing in the use or expenditure of money
61 partible adj. Separable
62 participant n. One having a share or part
63 participate v. To receive or have a part or share of
64 partition n. That which separates anything into distinct parts
65 partisan adj. Characterized by or exhibiting undue or unreasoning devotion to a party
66 passible adj. Capable of feeling of suffering
67 passive adj. Unresponsive
68 pastoral adj. Having the spirit or sentiment of rural life
69 paternal adj. Fatherly
70 paternity n. Fatherhood
71 pathos n. The quality in any form of representation that rouses emotion or sympathy
72 patriarch n. The chief of a tribe or race who rules by paternal right
73 patrician adj. Of senatorial or noble rank
74 patrimony n. An inheritance from an ancestor, especially from one’s father
75 patriotism n. Love and devotion to one’s country
76 patronize v. To exercise an arrogant condescension toward
77 patronymic adj. Formed after one’s father’s name
78 patter v. To mumble something over and over
79 paucity n. Fewness
80 pauper n. One without means of support
81 pauperism n. Dependence on charity
82 pavilion n. An open structure for temporary shelter
83 payee n. A person to whom money has been or is to be paid
84 peaceable adj. Tranquil
85 peaceful adj. Tranquil
86 peccable adj. Capable of sinning
87 peccadillo n. A small breach of propriety or principle
88 peccant adj. Guilty
89 pectoral adj. Pertaining to the breast or thorax
90 pecuniary adj. Consisting of money
91 pedagogics n. The science and art of teaching
92 pedagogue n. A schoolmaster
93 pedagogy n. The science and art of teaching
94 pedal n. A lever for the foot usually applied only to musical instruments, cycles, and other machines
95 pedant n. A scholar who makes needless and inopportune display of his learning
96 peddle v. To go about with a small stock of goods to sell
97 pedestal n. A base or support as for a column, statue, or vase
98 pedestrian n. One who journeys on foot
99 pediatrics n. The department of medical science that relates to the treatment of diseases of childhood
100 pedigree n. One’s line of ancestors
101 peddler n. One who travels from house to house with an assortment of goods for retail
102 peerage n. The nobility
103 peerless adj. Of unequaled excellence or worth
104 peevish adj. Petulant (irritable)
105 pellucid adj. Translucent
106 penalty n. The consequences that follow the transgression of natural or divine law
107 penance n. Punishment to which one voluntarily submits or subjects himself as an expression of penitence
108 penchant n. A bias in favor of something
109 pendant n. Anything that hangs from something else, either for ornament or for use
110 pendulous adj. Hanging, especially so as to swing by an attached end or part
111 pendulum n. A weight hung on a rod, serving by its oscillation to regulate the rate of a clock
112 penetrable adj. That may be pierced by physical, moral, or intellectual force
113 penetrate v. To enter or force a way into the interior parts of
114 penetration n. Discernment
115 peninsular adj. Pertaining to a piece of land almost surrounded by water
116 penitence n. Sorrow for sin with desire to amend and to atone
117 penitential adj. Pertaining to sorrow for sin with desire to amend and to atone
118 pennant n. A small flag
119 pension n. A periodical allowance to an individual on account of past service done by him/her
120 pentagram n. A figure having five points or lobes
121 pentavalent adj. Quinqeuvalent
122 pentad n. The number five
123 pentagon n. A figure, especially, with five angles and five sides
124 pentahedron n. A solid bounded by five plane faces
125 pentameter n. In prosody, a line of verse containing five units or feet
126 pentathlon n. The contest of five associated exercises in the great games and the same contestants
127 penultimate adj. A syllable or member of a series that is last but one
128 penurious adj. Excessively sparing in the use of money
129 penury n. Indigence
130 perambulate v. To walk about
131 perceive v. To have knowledge of, or receive impressions concerning, through the medium of the body senses
132 perceptible adj. Cognizable
133 perception n. Knowledge through the senses of the existence and properties of matter or the external world
134 percipience n. The act of perceiving
135 percipient n. One who or that which perceives
136 percolate v. To filter
137 percolator n. A filter
138 percussion n. The sharp striking of one body against another
139 peremptory adj. Precluding question or appeal
140 perennial adj. Continuing though the year or through many years
141 perfectible adj. Capable of being made perfect
142 perfidy n. Treachery
143 perforate v. To make a hole or holes through
144 perform v. To accomplish
145 perfumery n. The preparation of perfumes
146 perfunctory adj. Half-hearted
147 perhaps adv. Possibly
148 perigee n. The point in the orbit of the moon when it is nearest the earth
149 periodicity n. The habit or characteristic of recurrence at regular intervals
150 peripatetic adj. Walking about
151 perjure v. To swear falsely to
152 perjury n. A solemn assertion of a falsity
153 permanence n. A continuance in the same state, or without any change that destroys the essential form or nature
154 permanent adj. Durable
155 permeate v. To pervade
156 permissible adj. That may be allowed
157 permutation n. Reciprocal change, different ordering of same items
158 pernicious adj. Tending to kill or hurt
159 perpendicular adj. Straight up and down
160 perpetrator n. The doer of a wrong or a criminal act
161 perpetuate v. To preserve from extinction or oblivion
162 perquisite n. Any profit from service beyond the amount fixed as salary or wages
163 persecution n. Harsh or malignant oppression
164 perseverance n. A persistence in purpose and effort
165 persevere v. To continue striving in spite of discouragements
166 persiflage n. Banter
167 persist v. To continue steadfast against opposition
168 persistence n. A fixed adherence to a resolve, course of conduct, or the like
169 personage n. A man or woman as an individual, especially one of rank or high station
170 personal adj. Not general or public
171 personality n. The attributes, taken collectively, that make up the character and nature of an individual
172 personnel n. The force of persons collectively employed in some service
173 perspective n. The relative importance of facts or matters from any special point of view
174 perspicacious adj. Astute
175 perspicacity n. Acuteness or discernment
176 perspicuous adj. Lucid
177 perspiration n. Sweat
178 perspire v. To excrete through the pores of the skin
179 persuade v. To win the mind of by argument, eloquence, evidence, or reflection
180 persuadable adj. capable of influencing to action by entreaty, statement, or anything that moves the feelings
181 pertinacious adj. Persistent or unyielding
182 pertinacity n. Unyielding adherence
183 pertinent adj. Relevant
184 perturb v. To disturb greatly
185 perturbation n. Mental excitement or confusion
186 perusal n. The act of reading carefully or thoughtfully
187 pervade v. To pass or spread through every part
188 pervasion n. The state of spreading through every part
189 pervasive adj. Thoroughly penetrating or permeating
190 perverse adj. Unreasonable
191 perversion n. Diversion from the true meaning or proper purpose
192 perversity n. Wickedness
193 pervert n. One who has forsaken a doctrine regarded as true for one esteemed false
194 pervious adj. Admitting the entrance or passage of another substance
195 pestilence n. A raging epidemic
196 pestilent adj. Having a malign influence or effect
197 pestilential adj. having the nature of or breeding pestilence
198 peter v. To fail or lose power, efficiency, or value
199 petrify v. To convert into a substance of stony hardness and character
200 petulance n. The character or condition of being impatient, capricious or petulant
201 petulant adj. Displaying impatience
202 pharmacopoeia n. A book containing the formulas and methods of preparation of medicines for the use of druggists
203 pharmacy n. The art or business of compounding and dispensing medicines
204 phenomenal adj. Extraordinary or marvelous
205 phenomenon n. Any unusual occurrence
206 philander v. To play at courtship with a woman
207 philanthropic adj. Benevolent
208 philanthropist n. One who endeavors to help his fellow men
209 philanthropy n. Active humanitarianism
210 philately n. The study and collection of stamps
211 philharmonic adj. Fond of music
212 philogynist n. One who is fond of women
213 philologist n. An expert in linguistics
214 philology n. The study of language in connection with history and literature
215 philosophize v. To seek ultimate causes and principles
216 philosophy n. The general principles, laws, or causes that furnish the rational explanation of anything
217 phlegmatic adj. Not easily roused to feeling or action
218 phonetic adj. Representing articulate sounds or speech
219 phonic adj. Pertaining to the nature of sound
220 phonogram n. A graphic character symbolizing an articulate sound
221 phonology n. The science of human vocal sounds
222 phosphorescence n. The property of emitting light
223 photoelectric adj. Pertaining to the combined action of light and electricity
224 photometer n. Any instrument for measuring the intensity of light or comparing the intensity of two lights
225 photometry n. The art of measuring the intensity of light
226 physicist n. A specialist in the science that treats of the phenomena associated with matter and energy
227 physics n. The science that treats of the phenomena associated with matter and energy
228 physiocracy n. The doctrine that land and its products are the only true wealth
229 physiognomy n. The external appearance merely
230 physiography n. Description of nature
231 physiology n. The science of organic functions
232 physique n. The physical structure or organization of a person
233 picayune adj. Of small value
234 piccolo n. A small flute
235 piece n. A loose or separated part, as distinguished from the whole or the mass
236 piecemeal adv. Gradually
237 pillage n. Open robbery, as in war
238 pillory n. A wooden framework in which an offender is fastened to boards and is exposed to public scorn
239 pincers n. An instrument having two lever-handles and two jaws working on a pivot
240 pinchers n. An instrument having two jaws working on a pivot
241 pinnacle n. A high or topmost point, as a mountain-peak
242 pioneer n. One among the first to explore a country
243 pious adj. Religious
244 pique v. To excite a slight degree of anger in
245 piteous adj. Compassionate
246 pitiable adj. Contemptible
247 pitiful adj. Wretched
248 pitiless adj. Hard-hearted
249 pittance n. Any small portion or meager allowance
250 placate v. To bring from a state of angry or hostile feeling to one of patience or friendliness
251 placid adj. Serene
252 plagiarism n. The stealing of passages from the writings of another and publishing them as one’s own
253 planisphere n. A polar projection of the heavens on a chart
254 plasticity n. The property of some substances through which the form of the mass can readily be changed
255 platitude n. A written or spoken statement that is flat, dull, or commonplace
256 plaudit n. An expression of applause
257 plausible adj. Seeming likely to be true, though open to doubt
258 playful adj. Frolicsome
259 playwright n. A maker of plays for the stage
260 plea n. An argument to obtain some desired action
261 pleasant adj. Agreeable
262 pleasurable adj. Affording gratification
263 plebeian adj. Common
264 pledgee n. The person to whom anything is pledged
265 pledgeor n. One who gives a pledge
266 plenary adj. Entire
267 plenipotentiary n. A person fully empowered to transact any business
268 plenitude n. Abundance
269 plenteous adj. Abundant
270 plumb n. A weight suspended by a line to test the verticality of something
271 plummet n. A piece of lead for making soundings, adjusting walls to the vertical
272 pluperfect adj. Expressing past time or action prior to some other past time or action
273 plural adj. Containing or consisting of more than one
274 plurality n. A majority
275 plutocracy n. A wealthy class in a political community who control the government by means of their money
276 pneumatic adj. Pertaining to or consisting of air or gas
277 poesy n. Poetry
278 poetaster n. An inferior poet
279 poetic adj. Pertaining to poetry
280 poetics n. The rules and principles of poetry
281 poignancy n. Severity or acuteness, especially of pain or grief
282 poignant adj. Severely painful or acute to the spirit
283 poise n. Equilibrium
284 polar adj. Pertaining to the poles of a sphere, especially of the earth
285 polemics n. The art of controversy or disputation
286 pollen n. The fine dust-like grains or powder formed within the anther of a flowering plant
287 pollute v. To contaminate
288 polyarchy n. Government by several or many persons of what-ever class
289 polycracy n. The rule of many
290 polygamy n. the fact or condition of having more than one wife or husband at once
291 polyglot adj. Speaking several tongues
292 polygon n. A figure having many angles
293 polyhedron n. A solid bounded by plane faces, especially by more than four
294 polysyllable adj. Having several syllables, especially more than three syllables
295 polytechnic adj. Pertaining to, embracing, or practicing many arts
296 polytheism n. The doctrine or belief that there are more gods than one
297 pommel v. To beat with something thick or bulky
298 pomposity n. The quality of being marked by an assumed stateliness and impressiveness of manner
299 pompous adj. Marked by an assumed stateliness and impressiveness of manner
300 ponder v. To meditate or reflect upon
301 ponderous adj. Unusually weighty or forcible
302 pontiff n. The Pope
303 populace n. The common people
304 populous adj. Containing many inhabitants, especially in proportion to the territory
305 portend v. To indicate as being about to happen, especially by previous signs
306 portent n. Anything that indicates what is to happen
307 portfolio n. A portable case for holding writing-materials, drawings, etc
308 posit v. To present in an orderly manner
309 position n. The manner in which a thing is placed
310 positive adj. Free from doubt or hesitation
311 posse n. A force of men
312 possess v. To own
313 possession n. The having, holding, or detention of property in one’s power or command
314 possessive adj. Pertaining to the having, holding, or detention of property in one’s power or command
315 possessor n. One who owns, enjoys, or controls anything, as property
316 possible adj. Being not beyond the reach of power natural, moral, or supernatural
317 postdate v. To make the date of any writing later than the real date
318 posterior n. The hinder part
319 postgraduate adj. Pertaining to studies that are pursued after receiving a degree
320 postscript n. Something added to a letter after the writer’s signature
321 potency n. Power
322 potent adj. Physically powerful
323 potentate n. One possessed of great power or sway
324 potential n. Anything that may be possible
325 potion n. A dose of liquid medicine
326 powerless adj. Impotent
327 practicable adj. Feasible
328 prate v. To talk about vainly or foolishly
329 prattle v. To utter in simple or childish talk
330 preamble n. A statement introductory to and explanatory of what follows
331 precarious adj. Perilous
332 precaution n. A provision made in advance for some possible emergency or danger
333 precede v. To happen first
334 precedence n. Priority in place, time, or rank
335 precedent n. An instance that may serve as a guide or basis for a rule
336 precedential adj. Of the nature of an instance that may serve as a guide or basis for a rule
337 precession n. The act of going forward
338 precipice n. A high and very steep or approximately vertical cliff
339 precipitant adj. Moving onward quickly and heedlessly
340 precipitate v. To force forward prematurely
341 precise adj. Exact
342 precision n. Accuracy of limitation, definition, or adjustment
343 preclude v. To prevent
344 precocious adj. Having the mental faculties prematurely developed
345 precursor n. A forerunner or herald
346 predatory adj. Prone to pillaging
347 predecessor n. An incumbent of a given office previous to another
348 predicament n. A difficult, trying situation or plight
349 predicate v. To state as belonging to something
350 predict v. To foretell
351 prediction n. A prophecy
352 predominance n. Ascendancy or preponderance
353 predominant adj. Superior in power, influence, effectiveness, number, or degree
354 predominate v. To be chief in importance, quantity, or degree
355 preeminence n. Special eminence
356 preempt v. To secure the right of preference in the purchase of public land
357 preemption n. The right or act of purchasing before others
358 preengage v. To preoccupy
359 preestablish v. To settle or arrange beforehand
360 preexist v. To exist at a period or in a state earlier than something else
361 preexistence n. Existence antecedent to something
362 preface n. A brief explanation or address to the reader, at the beginning of a book
363 prefatory adj. Pertaining to a brief explanation to the reader at the beginning of a book
364 prefer v. To hold in higher estimation
365 preferable adj. More desirable than others
366 preference n. An object of favor or choice
367 preferential adj. Possessing, giving, or constituting preference or priority
368 preferment n. Preference
369 prefix v. To attach at the beginning
370 prehensible adj. Capable of being grasped
371 prehensile adj. Adapted for grasping or holding
372 prehension n. The act of laying hold of or grasping
373 prejudice n. A judgment or opinion formed without due examination of the facts
374 prelacy n. A system of church government
375 prelate n. One of a higher order of clergy having direct authority over other clergy
376 prelude n. An introductory or opening performance
377 premature adj. Coming too soon
378 premier adj. First in rank or position
379 premise n. A judgment as a conclusion
380 premonition n. Foreboding
381 preoccupation n. The state of having the mind, attention, or inclination preoccupied
382 preoccupy v. To fill the mind of a person to the exclusion of other subjects
383 preordain v. To foreordain
384 preparation n. An act or proceeding designed to bring about some event
385 preparatory adj. Having to do with what is preliminary
386 preponderant adj. Prevalent
387 preponderate v. To exceed in influence or power
388 prepossession n. A preconceived liking
389 preposterous adj. Utterly ridiculous or absurd
390 prerogative adj. Having superior rank or precedence
391 presage v. To foretell
392 prescience n. Knowledge of events before they take place
393 prescient adj. Foreknowing
394 prescript adj. Prescribed as a rule or model
395 prescriptible adj. Derived from authoritative direction
396 prescription n. An authoritative direction
397 presentient adj. Perceiving or feeling beforehand
398 presentiment n. Foreboding
399 presentment n. Semblance
400 preservation n. Conservation
401 presumption n. That which may be logically assumed to be true until disproved
402 presumptuous adj. Assuming too much
403 pretension n. A bold or presumptuous assertion
404 pretentious adj. Marked by pretense, conceit, or display
405 preternatural adj. Extraordinary
406 pretext n. A fictitious reason or motive
407 prevalence n. Frequency
408 prevalent adj. Of wide extent or frequent occurrence
409 prevaricate v. To use ambiguous or evasive language for the purpose of deceiving or diverting attention
410 prevention n. Thwarting
411 prickle v. To puncture slightly with fine, sharp points
412 priggish adj. Conceited
413 prim adj. Stiffly proper
414 prima adj. First
415 primer n. An elementary reading-book for children
416 primeval adj. Belonging to the first ages
417 primitive adj. Pertaining to the beginning or early times
418 principal adj. Most important
419 principality n. The territory of a reigning prince
420 principle n. A general truth or proposition
421 priory n. A monastic house
422 pristine adj. Primitive
423 privateer n. A vessel owned and officered by private persons, but carrying on maritime war
424 privilege n. A right or immunity not enjoyed by all, or that may be enjoyed only under special conditions
425 privity n. Knowledge shared with another or others regarding a private matter
426 privy adj. Participating with another or others in the knowledge of a secret transaction
427 probate adj. Relating to making proof, as of a will
428 probation n. Any proceeding designed to ascertain or test character, qualification, or the like
429 probe v. To search through and through
430 probity n. Virtue or integrity tested and confirmed
431 procedure n. A manner or method of acting
432 proceed v. To renew motion or action, as after rest or interruption
433 proclamation n. Any announcement made in a public manner
434 procrastinate v. To put off till tomorrow or till a future time
435 procrastination n. Delay
436 proctor n. An agent acting for another
437 prodigal n. One wasteful or extravagant, especially in the use of money or property
438 prodigious adj. Immense
439 prodigy n. A person or thing of very remarkable gifts or qualities
440 productive adj. Yielding in abundance
441 profession n. Any calling or occupation involving special mental or other special disciplines
442 professor n. A public teacher of the highest grade in a university or college
443 proffer v. To offer to another for acceptance
444 proficiency n. An advanced state of acquirement, as in some knowledge, art, or science
445 proficient adj. Possessing ample and ready knowledge or of skill in any art, science, or industry
446 profile n. An outline or contour
447 profiteer n. One who profits
448 profligacy n. Shameless viciousness
449 profligate adj. Abandoned to vice
450 profuse adj. Produced or displayed in overabundance
451 progeny n. Offspring
452 progression n. A moving forward or proceeding in course
453 prohibition n. A decree or an order forbidding something
454 prohibitionist n. One who favors the prohibition by law of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages
455 prohibitory adj. Involving or equivalent to prohibition, especially of the sale of alcoholic beverages
456 projection n. A prominence
457 proletarian n. A person of the lowest or poorest class
458 prolific adj. Producing offspring or fruit
459 prolix adj. Verbose
460 prologue n. A prefatory statement or explanation to a poem, discourse, or performance
461 prolong v. To extend in time or duration
462 promenade v. To walk for amusement or exercise
463 prominence n. The quality of being noticeable or distinguished
464 prominent adj. Conspicuous in position, character, or importance
465 promiscuous adj. Brought together without order, distinction, or design (for sex)
466 promissory adj. Expressing an engagement to pay
467 promontory n. A high point of land extending outward from the coastline into the sea
468 promoter n. A furtherer, forwarder, or encourager
469 promulgate v. To proclaim
470 propaganda n. Any institution or systematic scheme for propagating a doctrine or system
471 propagate v. To spread abroad or from person to person
472 propel v. To drive or urge forward
473 propellant adj. Propelling
474 propeller n. One who or that which propels
475 prophecy n. Any prediction or foretelling
476 prophesy v. To predict or foretell, especially under divine inspiration and guidance
477 propitious adj. Kindly disposed
478 proportionate adj. Being in proportion
479 propriety n. Accordance with recognized usage, custom, or principles
480 propulsion n. A driving onward or forward
481 prosaic adj. Unimaginative
482 proscenium n. That part of the stage between the curtain and the orchestra
483 proscribe v. To reject, as a teaching or a practice, with condemnation or denunciation
484 proscription n. Any act of condemnation and rejection from favor and privilege
485 proselyte n. One who has been won over from one religious belief to another
486 prosody n. The science of poetical forms
487 prospector n. One who makes exploration, search, or examination, especially for minerals
488 prospectus n. A paper or pamphlet containing information of a proposed undertaking
489 prostrate adj. Lying prone, or with the head to the ground
490 protagonist n. A leader in any enterprise or contest
491 protection n. Preservation from harm, danger, annoyance, or any other evil
492 protective adj. Sheltering
493 protector n. A defender
494 protege n. One specially cared for and favored by another usually older person
495 Protestant n. A Christian who denies the authority of the Pope and holds the right of special judgment
496 protomartyr n. The earliest victim in any cause
497 protocol n. A declaration or memorandum of agreement less solemn and formal than a treaty
498 protoplasm n. The substance that forms the principal portion of an animal or vegetable cell
499 prototype n. A work, original in character, afterward imitated in form or spirit
500 protract v. To prolong
501 protrude v. To push out or thrust forth
502 protrusion n. The act of protruding
503 protuberance n. Something that swells out from a surrounding surface
504 protuberant adj. Bulging
505 protuberate v. To swell or bulge beyond the surrounding surface
506 proverb n. A brief, pithy saying, condensing in witty or striking form the wisdom of experience
507 provident adj. Anticipating and making ready for future wants or emergencies
508 providential adj. Effected by divine guidance
509 provincial adj. Uncultured in thought and manner
510 proviso n. A clause in a contract, will, etc , by which its operation is rendered conditional
511 provocation n. An action or mode of conduct that excites resentment
512 prowess n. Strength, skill, and intrepidity in battle
513 proximately adv. Immediately
514 proxy n. A person who is empowered by another to represent him or her in a given matter
515 prudence n. Caution
516 prudential adj. Proceeding or marked by caution
517 prudery n. An undue display of modesty or delicacy
518 prurient adj. Inclined to lascivious thoughts and desires
519 pseudapostle n. A pretended or false apostle
520 pseudonym n. A fictitious name, especially when assumed by a writer
521 pseudonymity n. The state or character of using a fictitious name
522 psychiatry n. The branch of medicine that relates to mental disease
523 psychic adj. Pertaining to the mind or soul
524 psychopathic adj. Morally irresponsible
525 psychotherapy n. The treatment of mental disease
526 pudgy adj. Small and fat
527 puerile adj. Childish
528 pugnacious adj. Quarrelsome
529 puissant adj. Possessing strength
530 pulmonary adj. Pertaining to the lungs
531 punctilious adj. Strictly observant of the rules or forms prescribed by law or custom
532 punctual adj. Observant and exact in points of time
533 pungent adj. Affecting the sense of smell
534 pungency n. The quality of affecting the sense of smell
535 punitive adj. Pertaining to punishment
536 pupilage n. The state or period of being a student
537 purgatory n. An intermediate state where souls are made fit for paradise or heaven by expiatory suffering
538 purl v. To cause to whirl, as in an eddy
539 purloin v. To steal
540 purport n. Intent
541 purveyor n. one who supplies
542 pusillanimous adj. Without spirit or bravery
543 putrescent adj. Undergoing decomposition of animal or vegetable matter accompanied by fetid odors
544 pyre n. A heap of combustibles arranged for burning a dead body
545 pyromania n. An insane propensity to set things on fire
546 pyrotechnic adj. Pertaining to fireworks or their manufacture
547 pyx n. A vessel or casket, usually of precious metal, in which the host is preserved