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Word List for GRE: Words starting with P-Q

Author: Oleg Smirnov, Posted on Monday, November 29 @ 11:47:25 IST by RxPG  

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paean -song of praise or triumph
palate -roof of the mouth sense of taste
palatial -magnificent
palliate -lessen the severity of
palpability -can be felt touched understood
palpitate -tremble beat rapidly and irregularly
panegyric -formal praise eulogy

paradigm -a model example or pattern
parenthesis -sentence within another one something separated
pariah -an outcast a rejected and despised person
parsimonious -too economical miserly
partisan -one-sided committed to a party biased or prejudiced
patron -regular customer person who gives support
paucity -scarcity a lacking of
peccadillo -small sin small weakness in one's character
pedantic -bookish showing off learning
pedestrian -commonplace trite unremarkable
pellucid -transparent easy to understand
penchant -strong inclination a liking
penitent -feeling or showing regret
penurious -poor/stingy
penury -extreme poverty
peregrination -travelling about wandering
peremptory -urgent imperative unchallengeable ending debate
perfidious -treacherous faithless
perfidy -treachery breaking of faith
perfunctory -done as a duty without care
perilous -dangerous
peripatetic -wandering
perish -be destroyed decay
perjury -wilful FALSE statement unlawful act
permeate -spread into every part of
pernicious -harmful injurious
perpetrate -be guilty commit (a crime)
personable -pleasing in appearance attractive
perspicacity -quick judging and understanding
pertain -belong as a part have reference
pest -destructive thing or a person who is nuisance
petrified -taken away power (to think feel act)
petrify -to make hard rocklike
petrous -like a rock hard stony
petulant -unreasonably impatient
philistine -a smug ignorant person one who lacks knowledge
phlegmatic -calm sluggish temperament unemotional
picaresque -involving clever rogues or adventurers
pied -of mixed colours
pinch -be too tight take between the thumb and finger
pine -waste away through sorrow or illness
pious -dutiful to parents devoted to religion
piquant -agreeably pungent stimulating
pique -hurt the pride or self-respect stir (curiosity)
pitfall -covered hole as a trap unsuspected danger
pith -essential part force soft liquid substance
pivotal -of great importance (others depend on it)
placate -soothe pacify calm
plaintive -mournful melancholy sorrowful
plaque -flat metal on a wall as a memorial
platitude -a trite or banal statement unoriginality
plea -request
plead -address a court of law as an advocate
plethora -glut
pliant -pliable easily bent shaped or twisted
plod -continue doing something without resting
pluck -pull the feathers off pick (e.g.. flowers)
plumb -get to the root of
plummet -fall plunge steeply
plunge -move quickly suddenly and with force
poignant -deeply moving keen
poncho -large piece of cloth
ponderous -heavy bulky dull
portent -omen marvellous threatening
precarious -uncertain risky dangerous
precepts -rules establishing standards of conduct
preclude -prevent make impossible
precursory -preliminary anticipating
predilection -special liking mental preference
predominate -have more power than others
preen -tidy/show self-satisfaction
premature -doing or happening something before the right time
preponderance -greatness in number strength weight
presage -warning sign
presumption -arrogance
preternatural -not normal or usual
prevalent -common
prevaricate -to equivocate to stray from the truth
prim -neat formal
probity -uprightness incorruptibility principle
proclivity -inclination
procrastination -keeping on putting off
prodigal -wasteful reckless with money
prodigious -enormous wonderful
profane -worldly having contempt for God
profligacy -shameless immorality
profligate -wasteful prodigal licentious extravagant
profundity -depth
profuse -abundant/lavish
proliferate -grow reproduce by rapid multification
prolix -tiring because too long
prone -prostrate inclined to (undesirable things)
propagation -increasing the number spreading extending
propinquity -nearness in time or place affinity of nature
propitiatory -conciliatory appeasing mitigating
propitious -auspicious presenting favourable circumstances
prosaic -everyday mundane commonplace trite pedestrian
proscribe -denounce as dangerous
protracted -prolonged
provident -frugal looking to the future
provisional -of the present time only
provoke -make angry vax
prudence -careful forethought
prudish -easily shocked excessively modest
prune -dried plum silly person
pry -get something inquire too curiously
pucker -wrinkle
pugnacious -fond of in the habit of fighting
puissance -strength
punctilious -precise paying attention to trivialities
pundit -pedant authority on a subject
pungency -sharpness stinging quality
purvey -provide supply
pusillanimous -cowardly craven
putrefaction -becoming rotten
pyre -large pile of wood for burning
quack -person dishonestly claiming to something
quaff -drink deeply
quail -lose courage turn frightened
qualm -feeling of doubt temporary feeling of sickness
quandary -state of doubt or perplexity
quell -suppress subdue
quibble -try to avoid by sophistication
quiescence -state of being passive/motionless
quiescent -at rest dormant torpid
quirk -habit or action peculiar to somebody or something
quixotic -generous unselfish
quotidian -banal everyday

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