vocab 7/27, 28, 29

  1. paucity
    small in quantity
  2. pejorative
    derogatory, uncomplimentary
  3. pellucid
    1. admitting maximum passage of light without diffusion or distortion 2. reflecting light evenly from all surfaces 3. easily intelligible, clear
  4. penchant
    a tendency, partiality, preference
  5. penitent
    remorseful, regretful
  6. penurious
    miserly, stingy
  7. perfidious
    disloyal, unfaithful
  8. perfunctory
    1. characterized by routine or superficiality: a perfunctory smile. 2. lacking in interest or enthusiasm
  9. perspicacity
    shrewdness, perceptiveness
  10. pert
    1. saucily free and forward, flippantly cocky and assured. 2. jaunty 3. piquantly stimulating
  11. pertinacious
    stubbornly persistent
  12. pervasive
    having the tendency to spread throughout
  13. petulance
    insolent or rude in behavior
  14. phlegmatic
    uninterested, unresponsive
  15. stolid
    having or expressing little or no sensibility; unemotional
  16. pithy
    tersely cogent
  17. pittance
    a very small amount, esp. relating to money
  18. placate
    to ease the anger of, soothe
  19. platitude
    1. quality of being dull or insipid. 2. a trite, banal, or stale remark
  20. plaudits
    enthusiastic approval, applause
  21. plenitude
    1. in the state of being full, completed. 2. an abundance
  22. pliable
    1. bendable, flexible. 2. yielding readily to others 3. adjustable to conditions
  23. polemic
    1. an aggressive argument against a specific opinion. 2. an aggressive controversialist
  24. potable
    suitable for drinking
  25. potentate
    one who has great power, a ruler
  26. preclude
    to prevent, to rule out in advance
  27. precocious
    exceptionally early in development or occurence
  28. preponderance
    1. superiority in weight, importance, power, or strenghth 2. a majority in numbers
  29. prepossessing
    occupying the mind to the exclusion of other thoughts or feelings; tending to create a favorable impression; attractive
  30. prescient
    to have foreknowledge of events
  31. prescribe
    to lay down a rule
  32. presumptuous
    disrepectfully bold
  33. primeval
    original, ancient, primitive
  34. privation
    state of being deprived; lacking what is necessary for existence
  35. probity
    virtue, integrity
  36. proclivity
    strong inclination toward something
  37. profligate
    1. completely given up to dissipation and licentiousness 2. wildly extravagant
  38. prodigal
    characterized by wasteful expenditure
  39. profuse
    plentiful, abundant
  40. promulgate
    to proclaim, make known
  41. propagate
    to multiply, spread out
  42. propitious
    1. favorly disposed; benevolent 2. being a good omen; auspicious 3. tending to favor; advantageous
  43. propriety
    1. quality of being proper 2. conforming to socially accepted special and conduct; fear of offending conventional rules
  44. prosaic
    1. factual, dull, unimaginative; characteristic of prose 2. everyday, ordinary
  45. proscribe
    to condemn or forbid as harmful or unlawful
  46. protean
    able to change shape, displaying great variety
  47. prudence
    1. ability to govern oneself by use of reason 2. sagacity or shrewdness in affairs 3. caution or circumspection as to danger or risk
  48. prurient
    marked by or arousing an immoderate or unwholesome interest or desire esp. sexual desire
  49. puerile
    juvenile, childish, silly
  50. pugnacious
    quarrelsome, combatives; truculent, belligerent
  51. pulchritude
    physical comeliness, beauty
  52. punctilious
    marked by or concerned about precise accordance with the details of codes or conventions
  53. punitive
    inflicting, involving, or aiming at punishment
  54. putrid
    rotten, foul
  55. quagmire
    1. soft miry land that shakes or yields under foot 2. a difficult, precarious, or entrapping position
  56. quell
    1. to thoroughly overwhelm and reduce to submission or passivity 2. quiet, pacify
  57. querulous
    1. habitually complaining, fretful, whining
  58. quixotic
    1. foolishly impractical, esp. in the pursuit of ideals. marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action 2. capricious, unpredictable
  59. quotidian
    1. occurring every day 2. belonging to each day, commonplace, ordinary
  60. rancid
    1. having a rank smell or taste 2. offensive
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