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pinioned
the distal or terminal segment of the wing of a bird consisting of thecarpus, metacarpus, and phalanges; to cut off the pinion of (a wing) or bind (the wings), as in order to prevent a bird from flying.
pithiness
brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance,or meaning; terse; forcible: a pithy observation.
pizzazz
energy; vitality; vigor.
placard
a paperboard sign or notice, as one posted in a public place orcarried by a demonstrator or picketer.
placate
to appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatorygestures: to placate an outraged citizenry.
plaintiff
a person who brings suit in a court (opposed to defendant ).
plankton
the aggregate of passively floating, drifting, or somewhat motileorganisms occurring in a body of water, primarily comprisingmicroscopic algae and protozoa.
platoon
a military unit consisting of two or more squads or sections and aheadquarters.
pleat
a fold of definite, even width made by doubling cloth or the like uponitself and pressing or stitching it in place.
plethora
overabundance; excess: a plethora of advice and a paucity of assistance.
pliant
bending readily; flexible; supple; adaptable: She manipulated the pliant clay.
plumb
a small mass of lead or other heavy material, as that suspended by aline and used to measure the depth of water or to ascertain a verticalline.
poignant
keenly distressing to the feelings: poignant regret.
point
a sharp or tapering end, as of a dagger.
poise
a state of balance or equilibrium, as from equality or equaldistribution of weight; equipoise.
poky
puttering; slow; dull: poky drivers.
polarity
the presence or manifestation of two opposite or contrastingprinciples or tendencies.
polarization
a sharp division, as of a population or group, into opposing factions.
poltergeist
a ghost or spirit supposed to manifest its presence by noises,knockings, etc.
polygamy
the practice or condition of having more than one spouse, especiallywife, at one time.
populace
the common people of a community, nation, etc., as distinguishedfrom the higher classes.
populist
a member of the People's party.
portentous
of the nature of a portent; momentous; a portentous defeat
portrayal
the act of portraying.
posh
sumptuously furnished or appointed; luxurious: a posh apartment.
pragmatic
of or relating to a practical point of view or practical considerations.
preamble
an introductory statement; preface; introduction.
precept
a commandment or direction given as a rule of action or conduct.
precipitate
to hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, hastily, orsuddenly: to precipitate an international crisis.
predatory
of, relating to, or characterized by plunder, pillage, robbery, orexploitation: predatory tactics.; predatory animals
preempt
to acquire or appropriate before someone else; take for oneself;arrogate: a political issue preempted by the opposition party.
prepossessing
that impresses favorably; engaging or attractive: a confident and prepossessing young man.
prequel
a literary, dramatic, or filmic work that prefigures a later work, as byportraying the same characters at a younger age.
prescient
having prescience, or knowledge of things or events before theyexist or happen; having foresight: The prescient economist was one of the few to see the financialcollapse coming.
presumptuous
full of, characterized by, or showing presumption or readiness topresume in conduct or thought, as by saying or doing somethingwithout right or permission.
primogeniture
the state or fact of being the firstborn of children of the sameparents.
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proctor
a person appointed to keep watch over students at examinations.
procurement
the act of procuring, or obtaining or getting by effort, care, or the useof special means: The organ procurement procedure is very complicated.
profiteer
a person who seeks or exacts exorbitant profits, especially throughthe sale of scarce or rationed goods.
profligacy
reckless extravagance; overabundance
progeny
a descendant or offspring, as a child, plant, or animal.
prologue
a preliminary discourse; a preface or introductory part of adiscourse, poem, or novel.
promulgate
to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally orput into operation (a law, decree of a court, etc.).
pronto
promptly; quickly.
propinquity
nearness in place; proximity.
proprietary
pertaining to property or ownership : proprietary wealth.
props
to support, or prevent from falling, with or as if with a prop (oftenfollowed by up): to prop an old fence; to prop up an unpopular government.
pro rate
to divide, distribute, or calculate proportionately.
prosaic
commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative: a prosaic mind.
proselytize
to convert or attempt to convert as a proselyte; recruit.
prototype
the original or model on which something is based or formed.
protuberant
bulging out beyond the surrounding surface; protruding; projecting: protuberant eyes.
provincialism
narrowness of mind, ignorance, or the like, considered as resultingfrom lack of exposure to cultural or intellectual activity.
provisional
providing or serving for the time being only; existing only untilpermanently or properly replaced; temporary: a provisional government.
proxy
the agency, function, or power of a person authorized to act as thedeputy or substitute for another.
psychosomatic
another.of or relating to a physical disorder that is caused by or notably influenced by emotional factors.
punitive
serving for, concerned with, or inflicting punishment: punitive laws; punitive action.
purloin
to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer.
purple
the rank or office of a cardinal.
patch
a small piece of material used to mend a tear or break, to cover ahole, or to strengthen a weak place: patches at the elbows of a sports jacket.
purview
the range of operation, authority, control, concern, etc.
pyre
a pile or heap of wood or other combustible material.
quantum
quantity or amount: the least quantum of evidence.
quell
to suppress; put an end to; extinguish: The troops quelled the rebellion quickly.
quintile
a quantile for the special case of five equal proportions.
raillery
good-humored ridicule; banter.
rakish
smart; jaunty; dashing: a hat worn at a rakish angle.
ramble
to wander around in a leisurely, aimless manner: They rambled through the shops until closing time.
ramification
a branch: ramifications of a nerve.
rampart
anything serving as a bulwark or defense.
rancid
having a rank, unpleasant, stale smell or taste, as throughdecomposition, especially of fats or oils: rancid butter.
rappel
the act or method of moving down a steepincline or past an overhang by means of a double rope securedabove and placed around the body, usually under the left thigh andover the right shoulder, and paid out gradually in the descent.
rapt
deeply engrossed or absorbed: a rapt listener.
rapture
ecstatic joy or delight; joyful ecstasy.
rarefied
extremely high or elevated; lofty; exalted: the rarefied atmosphere of a scholarly symposium.
ratchet
to move by degrees (often followed by up or down): to ratchet prices up; Interest rates have been ratcheting downward.
ravening
rapacious; voracious.
raze
to tear down; demolish; level to the ground: to raze a row of old buildings.
reappraisal
A new appraisal or evaluation
reconcile
to cause (a person) to accept or be resigned to something notdesired: He was reconciled to his fate.
reconnoiter
to inspect, observe, or survey (the enemy, the enemy's strength orposition, a region, etc.) in order to gain information for militarypurposes.
recrimination
to bring a countercharge against an accuser.
redeploy
to transfer (a unit, a person, supplies, etc.) from one theater ofoperations to another.
redoubtable
that is to be feared; formidable.
reek
a strong, unpleasant smell.
refulgent
shining brightly; radiant; gleaming: Crystal chandeliers and gilded walls made the opera house arefulgent setting for the ball.
regimen
a regulated course, as of diet, exercise, or mannerof living, intended to preserve or restore health or to attain someresult.
regnant
reigning; ruling (usually used following the noun it modifies): a queen regnant.
regurgitate
to cause to surge or rush back; vomit.
relinquish
to renounce or surrender (a possession, right, etc.): to relinquish the throne.
renaissance
the activity, spirit, or time of the great revival of art, literature, and learning in Europe beginning in the 14th century and extending to the 17th century, marking the transition from the medieval to the modern world.
rend
to tear apart, split, or divide: racial tension that is rending the nation.
renegade
a person who deserts a party or cause for another.
repair
to restore to a good or sound condition after decay or damage;mend: to repair a motor.
reparation
the making of amends for wrong or injury done: reparation for an injustice.
replete
abundantly supplied or provided; filled (usually followed by with): a speech replete with sentimentality.
reprieve
to delay the impending punishment or sentence of (a condemnedperson); to relieve temporarily from any evil.
repugnant
"distasteful, objectionable, or offensive: a repugnant smell."
requisition
the act of requiring or demanding; a written request or order for something, as supplies.