Word List for GRE: Words starting with P-Q

paean – song of praise or triumph
palate – roof of the mouth sense of taste
palatial – magnificent
palliate – lessen the severity of
palpability – can be felt touched understood
palpitate – tremble beat rapidly and irregularly
panegyric – formal praise eulogy

paradigm – a model example or pattern
parenthesis – sentence within another one something separated
pariah – an outcast a rejected and despised person
parsimonious – too economical miserly
partisan – one-sided committed to a party biased or prejudiced
patron – regular customer person who gives support
paucity – scarcity a lacking of
peccadillo – small sin small weakness in one’s character
pedantic – bookish showing off learning
pedestrian – commonplace trite unremarkable
pellucid – transparent easy to understand
penchant – strong inclination a liking
penitent – feeling or showing regret
penurious – poor/stingy
penury – extreme poverty
peregrination – travelling about wandering
peremptory – urgent imperative unchallengeable ending debate
perfidious – treacherous faithless
perfidy – treachery breaking of faith
perfunctory – done as a duty without care
perilous – dangerous
peripatetic – wandering
perish – be destroyed decay
perjury – wilful FALSE statement unlawful act
permeate – spread into every part of
pernicious – harmful injurious
perpetrate – be guilty commit (a crime)
personable – pleasing in appearance attractive
perspicacity – quick judging and understanding
pertain – belong as a part have reference
pest – destructive thing or a person who is nuisance
petrified – taken away power (to think feel act)
petrify – to make hard rocklike
petrous – like a rock hard stony
petulant – unreasonably impatient
philistine – a smug ignorant person one who lacks knowledge
phlegmatic – calm sluggish temperament unemotional
picaresque – involving clever rogues or adventurers
pied – of mixed colours
pinch – be too tight take between the thumb and finger
pine – waste away through sorrow or illness
pious – dutiful to parents devoted to religion
piquant – agreeably pungent stimulating
pique – hurt the pride or self-respect stir (curiosity)
pitfall – covered hole as a trap unsuspected danger
pith – essential part force soft liquid substance
pivotal – of great importance (others depend on it)
placate – soothe pacify calm
plaintive – mournful melancholy sorrowful
plaque – flat metal on a wall as a memorial
platitude – a trite or banal statement unoriginality
plea – request
plead – address a court of law as an advocate
plethora – glut
pliant – pliable easily bent shaped or twisted
plod – continue doing something without resting
pluck – pull the feathers off pick (e.g.. flowers)
plumb – get to the root of
plummet – fall plunge steeply
plunge – move quickly suddenly and with force
poignant – deeply moving keen
poncho – large piece of cloth
ponderous – heavy bulky dull
portent – omen marvellous threatening
precarious – uncertain risky dangerous
precepts – rules establishing standards of conduct
preclude – prevent make impossible
precursory – preliminary anticipating
predilection – special liking mental preference
predominate – have more power than others
preen – tidy/show self-satisfaction
premature – doing or happening something before the right time
preponderance – greatness in number strength weight
presage – warning sign
presumption – arrogance
preternatural – not normal or usual
prevalent – common
prevaricate – to equivocate to stray from the truth
prim – neat formal
probity – uprightness incorruptibility principle
proclivity – inclination
procrastination – keeping on putting off
prodigal – wasteful reckless with money
prodigious – enormous wonderful
profane – worldly having contempt for God
profligacy – shameless immorality
profligate – wasteful prodigal licentious extravagant
profundity – depth
profuse – abundant/lavish
proliferate – grow reproduce by rapid multification
prolix – tiring because too long
prone – prostrate inclined to (undesirable things)
propagation – increasing the number spreading extending
propinquity – nearness in time or place affinity of nature
propitiatory – conciliatory appeasing mitigating
propitious – auspicious presenting favourable circumstances
prosaic – everyday mundane commonplace trite pedestrian
proscribe – denounce as dangerous
protracted – prolonged
provident – frugal looking to the future
provisional – of the present time only
provoke – make angry vax
prudence – careful forethought
prudish – easily shocked excessively modest
prune – dried plum silly person
pry – get something inquire too curiously
pucker – wrinkle
pugnacious – fond of in the habit of fighting
puissance – strength
punctilious – precise paying attention to trivialities
pundit – pedant authority on a subject
pungency – sharpness stinging quality
purvey – provide supply
pusillanimous – cowardly craven
putrefaction – becoming rotten
pyre – large pile of wood for burning
quack – person dishonestly claiming to something
quaff – drink deeply
quail – lose courage turn frightened
qualm – feeling of doubt temporary feeling of sickness
quandary – state of doubt or perplexity
quell – suppress subdue
quibble – try to avoid by sophistication
quiescence – state of being passive/motionless
quiescent – at rest dormant torpid
quirk – habit or action peculiar to somebody or something
quixotic – generous unselfish
quotidian – banal everyday

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