Difficult words starting with P

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  1. pariah
    a person who is rejected from society or home
  2. palpable
    capable of being perceived
  3. peremptory
    putting an end to all debate or action
  4. penance
    voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for something
  5. personable
    pleasant in manner and appearance
  6. parchment
    a superior paper resembling sheepskin
  7. providence
    prudence and care exercised in the management of resources
  8. potentate
    a ruler who is unconstrained by law
  9. pall
    burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped
  10. promiscuous
    casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
  11. provender
    food for domestic livestock
  12. premonition
    an early warning about a future event
  13. prerogative
    a right reserved exclusively by a person or group
  14. prude
    a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum
  15. pugnacity
    a natural disposition to be hostile
  16. proscenium
    the part of a stage between the curtain and the orchestra
  17. profusion
    the property of being extremely abundant
  18. perspicuous
    transparently clear; easily understandable
  19. pestilent
    likely to spread and cause an epidemic disease
  20. plagiarize
    take without referencing from someone's writing or speech
  21. penitent
    feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds
  22. pretentious
    creating an appearance of importance or distinction
  23. prognosis
    a prediction of the course of a disease
  24. pedant
    a person who pays too much attention to formal rules
  25. prodigious
    great in size, force, extent, or degree
  26. perverse
    deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper
  27. perversion
    the action of corrupting something
  28. pillage
    steal goods; take as spoils
  29. pertinent
    being of striking appropriateness
  30. prophylactic
    preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease
  31. perpetrate
    perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
  32. pecuniary
    relating to or involving money
  33. prologue
    an introduction to a play
  34. peddle
    sell or offer for sale from place to place
  35. phalanx
    any closely ranked crowd of people
  36. paltry
    contemptibly small in amount
  37. preempt
    acquire for oneself before others can do so
  38. preemptive
    designed to prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence
  39. prodigal
    recklessly wasteful
  40. prolixity
    boring verbosity
  41. purveyor
    someone who supplies provisions, especially food
  42. pine
    a coniferous tree
  43. prate
    speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly
  44. ploy
    a maneuver in a game or conversation
  45. pliant
    capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
  46. plethora
    extreme excess
  47. ponderous
    having great mass and weight and unwieldiness
  48. prelate
    a senior clergyman and dignitary
  49. proliferate
    grow rapidly
  50. probity
    complete and confirmed integrity
  51. punctilious
    marked by precise accordance with details
  52. phlegmatic
    showing little emotion
  53. placebo
    an innocuous or inert medication
  54. paean
    a hymn of praise
  55. pinion
    wing of a bird
  56. palatial
    relating to a large and stately mansion
  57. perigee
    the nearest point in an orbit around the Earth
  58. philology
    the humanistic study of language and literature
  59. parry
    impede the movement of
  60. perdition
    the place or state in which one suffers eternal punishment
  61. premeditate
    consider, ponder, or plan beforehand
  62. prefatory
    serving as an introduction or preface
  63. protract
    lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
  64. pulpit
    a platform raised to give prominence to the person on it
  65. puerile
    displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity
  66. pachyderm
    a large mammal with thick skin, such as an elephant or hippo
  67. plausible
    apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful
  68. podiatrist
    a specialist in care for the feet
  69. precocious
    characterized by exceptionally early development
  70. prod
    to push against gently
  71. palpitate
    beat rapidly
  72. prosaic
    lacking wit or imagination
  73. pundit
    a person with special knowledge who performs skillfully
  74. peripatetic
    traveling especially on foot
  75. putative
    purported
  76. penchant
    a strong liking
  77. privy
    informed about something secret or not generally known
  78. pilfer
    make off with belongings of others
  79. plait
    a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
  80. palate
    the surface of the mouth separating oral and nasal cavities
  81. pique
    a sudden outburst of anger
  82. piquant
    having an agreeably pungent taste
  83. penumbra
    a fringe region of partial shadow around an umbra
  84. primp
    dress or groom with elaborate care
  85. propitiate
    make peace with
  86. piscatorial
    relating to or characteristic of the activity of fishing
  87. preclude
    make impossible, especially beforehand
  88. pyromaniac
    a person with a mania for setting things on fire
  89. pomposity
    lack of elegance from being puffed up with vanity
  90. pragmatic
    concerned with practical matters
  91. petulant
    easily irritated or annoyed
  92. pestle
    a hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar
  93. pathos
    a quality that arouses emotions, especially pity or sorrow
  94. pterodactyl
    extinct flying reptile
  95. piebald
    having sections or patches colored differently and brightly
  96. parity
    functional equality
  97. posthumous
    occurring or coming into existence after a person's death
  98. parody
    a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style
  99. preponderance
    exceeding in heaviness; having greater weight
  100. pellucid
    transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
  101. pallid
    deficient in color suggesting physical or emotional distress
  102. plumage
    the covering of feathers on a bird
  103. propound
    put forward, as of an idea
  104. precinct
    an administrative district of a city or town
  105. presage
    a foreboding about what is about to happen
  106. primordial
    having existed from the beginning
  107. peruse
    examine or consider with attention and in detail
  108. promulgate
    state or announce
  109. prattle
    speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly
  110. parched
    dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
  111. prance
    to walk with a lofty proud gait, often to impress others
  112. profane
    grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred
  113. purport
    have the often specious appearance of being or intending
  114. pare
    strip the skin off
  115. profligate
    unrestrained by convention or morality
  116. pertinacious
    stubbornly unyielding
  117. prolific
    intellectually productive
  118. preeminent
    greatest in importance or degree or significance
  119. perspicuous
    transparently clear; easily understandable
  120. pry
    be nosey

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