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Kaplan SAT Word List: "P" Words

Words on your SATs that start with "P".
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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