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opportunist

one who takes advantage of any opportunity to achieve an end, with little regard for principles

opprobrious

disgraceful, shameful, dishonorable; expressing great scorn/contempt

ornery

having an irritable disposition, cantankerous

ossify

to change into bone, to become hardened or set in a rigidly conventional pattern

paean

a tribute, a song or expression of praise

palatial

relating to a palace, magnificent

palimpsest

an object or place having diverse layers or aspects beneath the surface

palpable

capable of being touched or felt; easily perceived

panache

a confident and stylish manner, dashing elegance of style

panegyric

elaborate praise, formal hymn of praise

paradigm

an outstandingly clear or typical example

paragon

a model of excellence or perfection

paramount

supreme, of chief importance

pare

to trim of excess, reduce

pariah

an outcast

patent

obvious, evident

peculate

to embezzle, to steal something that has been given into one's trust

pecuniary

relating to money

pellucid

transparently clear in style or meaning, easy to understand

penitent

expressing sorrow for sins or offenses, repentant

penegrinate

to travel on foot

phalanx

a compact or close-knit body of people, animals, or things

philistine

a person who is guided by materialism and is disdainful of intellectual or artistic values

philology

the study of ancient texts and languages

phlegmatic

having a sluggish, unemotional temperament

plaintive

expressive of suffering or woe, melancholy

platitude

overused remark

plucky

courageous, determined

politic

shrewd and crafty in managing or dealing with things

polyglot

speaker of many languages

portentous

foreshadowing, ominous, eliciting amazement and wonder

posit

to assume as real or conceded, take as a given

potable

suitable for drinking

potentate

a ruler, one who wields great power

precipitous

steeply, hastily

presage

something that foreshadows, a feeling of what will happen in the future

prestidigitation

a cleverly executed trick or deception, sleight of hand

preternatural

existing outside of nature, extraordinary, supernatural/abnormal

primeval

ancient, primitive

prodigal

recklessly extravagant, wasteful

proffer

a proposal/tangible thing offered for acceptance or rejection

progenitor

an ancestor in the direct line, forefather, founder

promulgate

to make known by open declaration, proclaim

proscribe

to condemn or forbid as harmful or unlawful

prostrate

lying face down in adoration or submission

proxy

a person authorized to act for someone else

pseudonym

a fictitious name, used particularly by writers to conceal identity

pugilism

boxing

puissant

powerful

punctilious

concerned with precise details about codes or conventions

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