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Pernicious

Deadly
Extremely evil

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Perquisite

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

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Pertinent

Relevant
Dealing with the matter at hand

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Perturb

To disturb greatly

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Peruse

To read carefully

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Pervade

To spread throughout

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Petulant

Rude
Cranky
Ill-tempered

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Philanthropy

Love of mankind, especially by doing good deeds

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Philistine

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

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Pious

Reverent or devout
Outwardly and sometimes falsely religious
Hypocritical

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Pivotal

Crucial

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Placate

To pacify
To appease
To soothe

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Plaintive

Expressing sadness or sorrow

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Platitude

A dull or trite remark
A cliché

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Plebeian

Common
Vulgar
Low-class

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Plethora

An excess

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Poignant

Painfully emotional
Extremely moving
Sharp or astute

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Polarize

To break 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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Portent

An omen
A sign of something coming in the future

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Postulate

Something accepted as true without proof
An axiom

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Pragmatic

Practical
Down to earth
Based in experience rather than theory

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Precedent

An earlier example or model of something

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Precept

A rule to live by
A maxim
A principle establishing a certain kind if action or behavior

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Precipitate

To cause to happen abruptly

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Precipitous

Steep

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Preclude

To prevent something from ever happening

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Precursor

Forerunner
Something that goes before an anticipates or paves the way for whatever it is that follows

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Predilection

A natural preference for something

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Preeminent

Better than anyone else
Outstanding
Supreme