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proclivity tendency
procrastinate to postpone
procreate to produce
procrustean to get conformity at any cost
procure to obtain
prodigal wasteful
prodigious enormous; great amount
profane showing disrespect
profess to acknowledge or admit
proffer to offer
proficiency skill; ability
profligate immoral or extremely wasteful
profound very deep; insightful
profuse abundant
progeny descendants
prognosticate to predict; to foretell
proletarian a member of the working class
proliferate to increase or expand
prolific productive
prolix tediously long and wordy
prologue introduction
promenade a stroll or a walk; an area used for walking
promiscuous sexually loose
promontory piece of land that juts out
promulgate to advocate
prone lying flat
propagate to multiply
propensity inclination
prophetic predicting
propinquity closeness
propitious favorable
propriety conformity; appropriateness
prosaic commonplace or dull
proscribe to denounce; exile
proselyte a convert
prospectus a report describing a new project
prostrate lying flat
protagonist main character
protean changeable
protégé one who has been instructed by another
protocol etiquette observed by diplomats
prototype the original
protract to prolong
protrude to stick out
proverbial well-known
provident having foresight; prudent
provincial unsophisticated; narrow; limited
provisional temporary
proviso a condition
provoke to irritate; to excite
prowess skill or strength
proximity nearness
proxy one who acts in place of another
prudence good judgment; cautious; careful
prune to cut off or lop off such as twigs, branches, or roots
prurient lustful; obscene; lewd
pseudo false
pseudonym an assumed name
psyche the human spirit
puerile immature
pugilist a boxer
pugnacious eager to fight
puissant powerful
pulchritude beauty
pulmonary pertaining to the lungs
pulverize crush or grind; totally destroy
pummel to beat or thrash with the fists
pun the use of words that sound alike but differ in meaning
punctilious precise
pundit an expert
pungent having a sharp taste or smell; severely critical or sarcastic
punitive pertaining to punishment
puny weak
purge to purify
puritanical strict
purloin to steal
purport to claim
purvey to supply
pusillanimous cowardly
putative supposed; believed
putrefy to decay
pyre a funeral fire
pyretic pertaining to fever
pyromaniac one who likes to start fires
quadruped a four-footed animal
quaff to gulp; to drink in large quantities
quagmire a swamp; a difficult situation
quall to lose courage
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