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peripatetic

wandering; traveling continually; itinerant

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periphery

- the outside edge of something
- peripheral interest: secondary or side interest

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perjury

lying under oath

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pernicious

deadly; extremely evil

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perpetrator

the one who committed the act

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perquisite

a privilege that goes along with a job; a "perk"

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peruse

to read carefully

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pervade

to spread throughout

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perverse

contrary; stubborn

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phantasm

apparition; ghost; phantom

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philistine

a smugly ignorant person with no appreciation of intellectual or artistic matters

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phlegmatic

calm or indifferent; not easily roused to excitement

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pivotal

crucial

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placebo

a fake medication; a fake medication used as a control in tests of the effectiveness of drugs

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plaintive

expressing sadness or sorrow

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platitude

a dull or trite remark, a cliche

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pliable

flexible; easy to bend; easy to convince, persuade, or mold

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plight

a dangerous, distressing, or unpleasant situation

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plunder

to loot, to ransack

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pluralism

a condition of society in which distinct groups exist and function together yet retain their own identities

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poignant

painfully emotional; extremely moving; sharp or astute

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polarize

to break up into opposing factions or groupings

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polemic

a powerful argument often made to attack or refute a controversial issue

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ponderous

so large as to be clumsy; massive; dull

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pointificate

to speak pompously or dogmatically