Kaplan SAT Word List: "P" Words

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Words on your SATs that start with "P".

paean

A tribute, song, or expression of praise

palatial

Pertaining to a palace; magnificent

palimpsest

An object or place having diverse layers or aspects underneath the surface

palpable

Capable of being touched or felt; tangible; easily perceived

paltry

Pitifully small or worthless

panache

A grand, showy manner or style

pandemic

Occuring over a vast geographic area and affecting a large number of people

panegyric

Elaborate praise

paradigm

An example used as a model

paragon

A model or profile of excellence or perfection

paramount

Supreme; of the utmost importance

pare

To trim off the excess, reduce

pariah

An outcast

patent

Obvious; evident; blatant

pathogenic

Causing disease

patrician

Superior; aristocratic

patronize

To have an air of condescension towards; to buy from

peculate

To use or take dishonestly

pecuniary

Relating to money

pellucid

Clear in meaning or style; simple to understand

penchant

An inclination toward; a liking; a favor of

penitent

Expressing remorse or sorrow for sins or offenses

penury

An oppresive lack of resources; extreme poverty

peregrinate

To travel on foot

phalanx

A close-knit body of people, animals, or things

philistine

A person who disregards intellectual and artistic values

philology

The study of ancient writings, texts, and languages

phlegmatic

Having a sluggish; unemotional personality

pique

To arouse anger or resentment in; to agitate or provoke

plaintive

Expressive of suffering or woe

platitude

An overused, worn remark

plebeian

Crude or coarse; characteristic of commoners

plucky

Courageous; sounky

politic

Shrewd or crafty in managing or coping with things

polyglot

A speaker of multiple languages

pore

To read studiously or attentively

portentious

Foreshadowing; ominous; causing amazement or wonder

posit

To assume as real or factual; to adapt as an explanation

potable

Suitable for drinking

potentate

A ruler or sovereign; one who possesses immense power

precarious

Lacking in secruty or stability; dependent on chance or certain circumstances

preciptous

Steep

presage

Something that foreshadows or predicts; a feeling of what might occur in the near future

prestidigitation

A cleverly executed trick or illusion; sleight of hand

preternatural

Existing outside of nature; supernatural

primeval

Ancient; primitive

prodigal

Wastefully extravagant

proffer

To offer for acceptance

progenitor

An ancestor in direct lineage; forefather, founder

proliferate

To grow by rapid production of new parts; increase in quantity

promulgate

To make known by open declaration

propensity

A natural inclination or preference

prosaic

Straightforward; lacking in creativity; dull; having the characteristic of prose (opposed to poetry)

proscribe

To forbid as illegal or harmful

provicial

Limited in outlook; narrow; unsophisticated

proxy

A person authorized to act for another person

pseudonym

A fictitious name (pen name), usually adopted by authors to conceal their identity

pugilism

Boxing

pussiant

Powerful

punctilious

Concerned about precise, accurate details about codes or conventions

pundit

One who gives opinions in a authoritative, high manner

purloin

To steal, rob

purport

To deliberately present a false apperance; to profess or claim

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