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pertinent

relevant

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pervasive

spreading throughout; everywhere

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pessimistic

stressing the negative or unfavorable

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petrify

to stun with terror

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petulant

unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered; peevish

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pilgrimage

a long journey or search with a purpose

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pioneer

one who ventures into unknown or unclaimed territory

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piquant

pleasantly pungent in taste ; spicy

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pithiness

precisely meaningful; forceful and brief

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placate

appease

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placid

undisturbed. calm or quiet

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plaintive

expressing sorrow; mournful or melancholy

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planetarium

a theater that projects images of astronomical phenomena onto the inner surface of a hemispherical dome

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platitude

a trite, minor statement thats expressed as if it were significant

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plausible

seemingly valid, likely, or acceptable; credible

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plethora

a superabundance; an excess

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pliability

receptive to change; adaptable

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pluralism

society with numerous ethnic, religious, or cultural groups coexist within one nation

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polar

occupying opposite extremes

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polemic

a controversial argument

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pompous

excessive self-esteem or exaggerated dignity; pretentious; arrogant

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populist

a supporter of the rights and power of the people

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portend

to serve as an omen. to foreshadow

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posthumously

continuing after one's death

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pragmatism

a practical way of solving problems

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precept

direction given as a rule

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precipitate

to make something happen

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preclude

to make impossible. prevent

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precocity

unusually early development or maturity, especially in mental aptitude

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predation

the act preying on someone or something;

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predestine

to decide in advance:

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predilection

a preference

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prescient

having knowledge of things or events before they happen; having foresight

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prestigious

having a high reputation. honored.

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presumptuous

going beyond what is right or proper: excessively forward

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prim

precise or proper. excessively decorous

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primacy

the state of being first or foremost

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pristine

remaining in a pure state

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procure

to bring about; effect

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prodigy

a person with exceptional talents or powers

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proficient

having an advanced degree of competence

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profligate

recklessly wasteful

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profound

deep. coming from the depths

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profusion

lavish or unrestrained expense

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prophetic

foretelling events as if by divine inspiration

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propitiate

appease

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proscribe

prohibit

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protean

readily taking on varied shapes, forms, or meanings

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prototype

an original type that serves as a model

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provisional

temporary

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pulverize

to crush, or grind to a powder or dust

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punctilious

strictly attentive to minute details

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punctual

arriving exactly at the time

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pundit

a source of opinion; a critic

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quagmire

a difficult or precarious situation

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quibble

to find fault or criticize

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quiescent

being quiet, still, or at rest; inactive

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quietude

tranquility

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quirkiness

whimsicality; freakishness

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quixotic

caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of un reachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality

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raconteur

one who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit

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rampant

extending unchecked; unrestrained

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rancidity

repugnant: nasty

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ratified

to approve and give formal sanction; logical

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ravenous

extremely hungry ; voracious

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rebuke

to criticize or reprove sharply; reprimand

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recalcitrant

marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance

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recant

to make a formal retraction or disavowal of

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recluse

a person who withdraws from the world to live in seclusion

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rectitude

moral uprightness ; righteousness

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recursive

the quality or condition of being correct in judgement

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redress

to set right

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refractory

obstinately resistant to authority or control; unruly

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relinquish

to retire from; give up or abandon

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remnants

something left over; a remainder

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remunerate

to compensate for

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Renaissance

a rebirth

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renegade

one who rejects a religion, cause, or allegiance for another

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renege

to fail to carry out a promise

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repertory

a place,such as a storehouse, where a stock of things is kept

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replicate

to duplicate; copy

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reprehensible

blameworthy

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reprobate

a morally unprincipled person

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repudiate

to reject emphatically as unfounded, untrue, or unjust

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resilient

marked by the ability to recover readily, as from misfortune

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resolute

firm or determined

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respite

a usually short interval of rest

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resplendent

splendid or dazzling in appearance

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reticence

the state or quality of being reluctant

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retort

to reply

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reverberate

to resound in or as if in a succession of echoes

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revile

to assail with abusive language

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revitalize

to impart new life

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ribald

characterized by or indulging in vulgar, lewd humor

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rigidity

stiffness

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risqué

suggestive of or bordering on indelicacy or impropriety

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rough

almost exact or correct; approximate

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rudimentary

of or relating to basis facts or principles ; elementary

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ruffian

a bully

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rational

consistent with or based on reason; logical