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Kaplan SAT Vocab #201-250

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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