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Paleontology

Study of past geological eras through fossil remains

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Paean

Song of joy or triumph; a fervent expression of joy

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Pallid

Lacking color or liveliness

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Panegyric

Elaborate praise; formal hymn of praise

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Paragon

Model of excellence of perfection

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Partisan

One- sided; committed to a party, group, or cause; prejudiced

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Pathological

Departing from normal condition

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Patois

A regional dialect; nonstandard speech; jargon

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Paucity

Scarcity

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Pedantic

Showing off learning

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Pellucid

Transparent; translucent; easily understood

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Penchant

Inclination

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Penury

Extreme poverty

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Peregrinations

Wandering from place to place

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Peremptory

Imperative; leaving no choice

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Perennial

Present throughout the years; persistent

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Perfidious

Faithless; disloyal; untrustworthy

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Perfunctory

Superficial; not through; performed really as a duty

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Perigee

Point in an orbit that is closest to the earth

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Permeable

Penetrable

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Perturb

To disturb greatly; make uneasy or anxious; cause a body to deviate from its regular orbit

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Pervasive

Spread throughout every part

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Petulant

Rude; peevish

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Phlegmatic

Calm in temperament; sluggish

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Phoenix

Mythical, immoral bird that lives for 500 years, burns itself to death, and rises from its ashes; anything that is restored after suffering great destruction

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Physiognomy

Facial features

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Piety

Devoutness

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Piquant

Appealingly stimulating; pleasantly pungent; attractive

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Pique

Fleeting feeling of hurt pride

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Placate

To lessen another's anger; to pacify

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Placid

Calm

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Plaintive

Melancholy; mournful

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Plasticity

Condition of being able to be shaped or formed; pliability

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Platitude

Stale; overused expression

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Platonic

Spiritual; without sensual desire; theoretical

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Plethora

Excess; over abundance

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Plumb

To determine the depth; to examine deeply

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Plummet

To fall; plunge

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Plutocracy

Society ruled by the wealthy

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Porous

Full of hikes; permeable to liquids

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Poseur

Person who affects an attitude or identity to impress others

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Pragmatic

Practical

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Prate

To talk idly; chatter

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Prattle

Meaningless, foolish talk

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Preamble

Preliminary statement

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Precarious

Uncertain

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Precept

Principle; law

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Precursor

Forerunner; predecessor

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Precipitate

V: To cause to happen; throw down from a height
ajd: rash; hasty; sudden

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Preempt

To supersede; appropriate for oneself

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Prehensile

Capable of grasping

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Premonition

Forewarning; presentiment

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Presage

To foretell; indicate in advance

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Presumptuous

Rude; improperly bold

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Preternatural

Beyond the normal course of nature; supernatural

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Prevaricate

To quibble; evade the truth

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Primordial

Original; existing from the beginning

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Pristine

Untouched; uncorrupted

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Probity

Honesty; high-mindedness

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Problematic

Posing a problem; doubtful; unsettled

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Prodigal

Wasteful; extravagant; lavish

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Profound

Deep; not superficial

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Prohibitive

So high as to prevent the purchase or use of; preventing; forbidding

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Proliferate

To increase rapidly

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Propensity

Inclination; tendency

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Propitiate

To win over; appease

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Propriety

Correct conduct; fitness

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Proscribe

To condemn; forbid; outlaw

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Provident

Providing for future needs; frugal

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Puissant

Powerful

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Punctilious

Careful in observing rules of behavior or ceremony

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Pungent

Strong or sharp in smell or taste; penetrating; caustic; to the point

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Purport

To profess; suppose; claim

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Pusillanimous

Cowardly