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Paean

a tribute, a song or expression of praise

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Palatable

having a good taste

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Palatial

relating to a palace, magnificent

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Palaver

idle talk

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Palimsest

an object or place having diverse layers or aspects beneath the surface

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Pall

to lose strength or interest

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Palliate

to make less serious, ease

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Pallid

lacking color or liveliness

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Palpable

capable of being touched or felt, easily perceived

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Paltry

pitifully small or worthless

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Panacea

cure all

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Panache

flamboyance or dash in style and action

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Pandemic

Occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population.

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Panegyric

elaborate praise, formal hymn of praise

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Panglossian

excessively hopeful, marked by the thought that all is for the best

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Panoply

impressive array, large variety

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Pantomime

communication through gestures

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Paradigm

an outstandingly clear or typical example

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Paradox

incongruity, dilemma, puzzle

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Paragon

a model of excellence or perfection

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Paramount

supreme, of chief importance

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Paranoid

exhibiting extreme mistrust

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Paraphrase

to reword, usually in simpler terms

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Parasite

person or animal that lives at another's expense

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Parched

shriveled

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Pare

to trim off excess, reduce

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Pariah

an outcast

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Parity

equality

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Parley

discussion, usually between enemies

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Parochial

of limited scope or outlook, provincial

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Parry

to ward off or deflect

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Parsimony

stinginess

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Partisan

strong supporter

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Passive

submissive, inactive

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Pastiche

piece of literature or music imitating other works

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Patent

obvious, evident

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Pathetic

arousing scornful pity

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Pathos

compassion

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Palatable

having a good taste

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Palatial

relating to a palace, magnificent

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Palaver

idle talk

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Palimsest

an object or place having diverse layers or aspects beneath the surface

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Pall

to lose strength or interest

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Palliate

to make less serious, ease

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Pallid

lacking color or liveliness

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Palpable

capable of being touched or felt, easily perceived

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Paltry

pitifully small or worthless

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Panacea

cure all

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Panache

flamboyance or dash in style and action

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Pandemic

Occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population.

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Panegyric

elaborate praise, formal hymn of praise

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Panglossian

excessively hopeful, marked by the thought that all is for the best

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Panoply

impressive array, large variety

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Pantomime

communication through gestures

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Paradigm

an outstandingly clear or typical example

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Paradox

incongruity, dilemma, puzzle

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Paragon

a model of excellence or perfection

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Paramount

supreme, of chief importance

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Paranoid

exhibiting extreme mistrust

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Paraphrase

to reword, usually in simpler terms

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Parasite

person or animal that lives at another's expense

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Parched

shriveled

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Pare

to trim off excess, reduce

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Pariah

an outcast

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Parity

equality

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Parley

discussion, usually between enemies

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Parochial

of limited scope or outlook, provincial

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Parry

to ward off or deflect

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Parsimony

stinginess

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Partisan

strong supporter

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Passive

submissive, inactive

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Pastiche

piece of literature or music imitating other works

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Patent

obvious, evident

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Pathetic

arousing scornful pity

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Pathogenic

causing disease

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Pathos

compassion

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Patrician

aristocratic

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Patronize

to act as patron of, to adopt an air of condescension toward, to buy from

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Paucity

scarcity, lack

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Peccadillo

minor sin or offense

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Peculate

to embezzle

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Pecuniary

relating to money

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Pedagogue

teacher

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Pedant

uninspired, boring academic

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Peer

contemporary, equal

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Pejorative

having bad connotations, disparaging

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Pellucid

transparently clear in style or meaning, easy to understand

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Penchant

an inclination, a definite liking

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Placebo

a substance with no medical value that is given as medication

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Penurious

stingy, poverty-sticken

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Penury

an oppressive lack of resources, severe poverty

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Perception

act or ability to see or understand

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Perdition

compete and utter loss, damnation

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Peregrinate

to travel on foot

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Perfidious

faithless, disloyal, untrustworthy

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Perfunctory

done in a routine way, indifferent

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Periodic

recurring from time to time, cyclical

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Peripatetic

moving from place to place

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Perjure

to tell a lie under oath

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Plucky

courageous, spunky

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Permeate

to penetrate

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Pernicious

very harmful

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Perplex

to confuse

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Persevere

to refuse to stop no matter how hard something is

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Persistence

the act, state, or quality of not giving up

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Perspicacious

shrewd, astute, keen witted

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Pervade

to be present throughout, to permeate

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Pestilence

epidemic, plague

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Pertinacious

persistent, stubborn

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Pertinent

applicable, appropriate

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Portentous

foreshadowing, ominous, eliciting amazement and wonder

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Pessimism

negativity

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Petrify

to turn into stone, to paralyze with fear

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Petulance

rudeness, peevishness

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Phalanx

a compact or close knit body of people, animals, or things

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Philanthropy

charity, a desire or effort to promote goodness

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Philistine

a person who is guided by materialism and is disdainful of intellectual or artistic values

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Philology

the study of ancient texts and languages

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Phlegmatic

calm in temperament, sluggish

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Physiological

related to the the functions and activities of living organisms

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Pigment

substance used for coloring

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Pilfer

to steal

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Pious

religiously devout or moral

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Pique

to arouse anger or resentment in, provoke

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Pithy

profound, substantial, concise, succinct, to the point

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Pittance

meager amount of wage

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Placate

to soothe or pacify

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Placebo

a substance with no medical value that is given as medication

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Palgiarize

to pass of another's ideas as one's own

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Plaintive

expressive of suffering or woe, melancholy

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Plastic

able to be molded, altered, or bent

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Platitude

overused and trite remark

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Pladits

enthusiastic praise

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Plausible

seeming to be true

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Plebeian

crude of coarse, characteristic of commoners

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Plentiful

abundant

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Plethora

excess

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Ploy

maneuver, plan

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Plucky

courageous, spunky

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Ply

to join together, to use diligently, to engage

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Poignant

emotionally moving in a way that is touching

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Polarize

to tend toward opposite extremes

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Polemic

controversy, argument , verbal attac

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Politic

shrewd and crafty in managing or dealings with things

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Polyglot

a speaker of many languages

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Pomp

dignified display

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Pompous

pretentious

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Pontificate

to speak in a pretentious manner

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Pore

to read studiously or attentively

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Portentous

foreshadowing, ominous, eliciting amazement and wonder

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Posit

to assume as real or conceded, propose as an explanation

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Postpone

to delay

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Potable

suitable for drinking

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Potentate

a ruler, one who wields great power

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Pragmatic

practical, moved by facts rather than abstract ideal

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Prank

practical joke

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Proffer

to offer for acceptance

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Preamble

introductory passage

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Precarious

lacking in security or stability, dependent on chance or uncertain conditions

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Precedent

earlier example of a similar situation

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Precept

principle

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Precious

valuable, beloved

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Precipitate

to cause to happen, to throw down from a height

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Precipitous

steeply, hastily

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Precis

short summary of facts

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Preclude

prevent, exclude

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Precocious

unusually advanced or talented at an early age

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Predetermine

to decide in advance

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Predicament

a difficult situation

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Predictable

expected beforehand

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Predilection

preference, liking

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Predominant

most important or conspicuous

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Prepossessing

attractive, engaging

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Presage

something that foreshadows, a feeling of what will happen in the future

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Prescient

having foresight

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Preserve

to protect, to keep unchanged

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Prestidigitation

a cleverly executed trick or deception, sleight of hand

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Pretense

false appearance or action

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Pretentious

pretending to be important, intelligent or cultured

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Preternatural

existing outside of nature, extraordinary, supernatural

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Prevaricate

to lie, evade the truth

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Primary

main, first, earliest

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Primeval

ancient, primitive

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Pristine

fresh and clean, uncorrupted

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Privation

lack of usual necessities or comforts

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Probity

honesty, high-mindedness

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Proclaim

announce officially

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Proclivity

tendency, inclination

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Procrastinate

to put off doing work

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Procure

to acquire, obtain, to get

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Prod

poke, nudge, in the literal and figurative sense

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Prodigal

recklessly extravagant, wasteful

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Prodigious

vast, enormous, extraordinary

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Prodigy

person with exceptional talents

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Profane

impure, contrary to religion, sacrilegious

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Proffer

to offer for acceptance

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Profligate

corrupt, degenerate

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Profound

deep, meaningful, far-reaching

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Profusion

abundance, extravagance

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Progenitor

an ancestor in the direct line, forefather, founder

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Prohibit

to forbid, prevent

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Proliferate

to grow by rapid production of new parts, increase in number

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Prolific

productive, fertile

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Prominence

importance

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Promote

to contribute to the progress of