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Platitude (n)

trite remark; commonplace statement
In giving advice to his son, old Polonius expressed himself only in platitudes, every word out of his mouth was a truism

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Platonic (adj)

purely spiritual; without sensual desire

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Plaudit (n)

enthusiastic approval; round of applause

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Plebeian (adj)

common; unrefined; pertaining to the common people
New Yorker articles are entirely too highbrow for my plebeian taste

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Plenary (adj)

complete; full

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Plenitude (n)

abundance; completeness
Looking in the pantry, we admired the plenitude of fruits and pickles we had preserved during the summer

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Plethora (n)

excess; overabundance

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Pliable (adj)

flexible; yielding; adaptable

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Plumb (v)

examine critically in order to understand; measured in depth
We could never fully plumb the depths of Holme's thought processes

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Plutocracy (n)

society ruled by the wealthy
From the way the government caters to the rich, you might think our society is a plutocracy rather than a democracy

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Poignancy (n)

quality of being deeply moving; keenest of emotion
Watching the tearful reunion of long separated mother and child, the social worker was touched by the poignant of the scene

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Polemic (n)

written or verbal attack; disputatious
Kunzru maintains that his novel is a better book for not being a polemic against the excesses of the British in India

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Pomposity (n)

self-important behaviour; acting like a stuffed shirt

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Pontifical (adj)

pertaining to a bishop or a pope; pompous or pretentious
From the very beginning of his ministry it was clear from his pontifical pronouncements that John was destined for a high pontifical office

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Portend (v)

foretell; presage
The king did not know what these omens might portend and asked his soothsayers to interpret them

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Portent (n)

sign; omen; forewarning

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Posterity (n)

descendants; future generations
We hope to leave a better world to posterity

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Posthumous (adj)

after death

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Potentate (n)

monarch; sovereign
The potentate spent more time at Monte Carlo than he did at home on his throne

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Precis (n)

concise summing up of main points
Before making her presentation at the conference, Ellen wrote a neat precise of the major elements she would cover

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Precocious (adj)

advanced in development
Listening to the grown up way the child discussed serious topics

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Predilection (n)

partiality; preference
Although the artist used media from time to time, she had predilection for her agents

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Preeminent (adj)

outstanding; superior
The king traveled to Boston because he wanted the preeminent surgeon in the field to perform the operation

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Preempt (v)

head off; forestall by acting first

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Prefatory (adj)

introductory
The chairman made a few prefatory remarks before he calls on the first speaker