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Glossary of SAT 1 Vocab: P (Profuse - Pyrrhic)

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profuse
abundant
progeny
descendants
prognosticate
to predict; to foretell
projectile
a bullet, shell, grenade, etc., for firing from a gun
proletarian
one who belongs to the working class
proliferate
to expand; to increase
prolific
fertile; productive
prolix
tediously long and wordy
prologue
an introduction
promenade
a stroll or walk; an area used for walking
promiscuous
sexually loose
promontory
a piece of land that juts out
promulgate
to announce; to advocate
prone
reclining; lying flat; inclined
propagate
to spread; to multiply
propensity
inclination; tendency
prophetic
predicting
propinquity
nearness; closeness
propitious
favorable
proponent
a person who supports a cause or doctrine
propriety
conformity; appropriateness
prosaic
dull; commonplace; unimaginative
proscribe
to denounce; to exile
proselyte
one who has changed from one religion to another; a convert
prospectus
a report describing a forthcoming project
prostrate
lying flat; thrown or fallen to the ground
protagonist
the main character
protean
changeable; variable
protégé
one who has been guided or instructed by another
protocol
the etiquette observed by diplomats
prototype
the original; first of its kind; a model
protrude
to stick out; to project
proverbial
well-known
provident
having foresight
provincial
countrified; narrow; limited
provisional
temporary
proviso
a condition; a stipulation
provoke
to anger; to irritate; to annoy
prowess
skill; daring; strength
proximity
nearness in place or time
proxy
one who acts in place of another
prude
an overly proper person
prudence
caution; good judgment
prune
to cut off or lop off such as twigs, branches, or roots
prurient
lustful; obscene; lewd
pseudo
false; counterfeit
pseudonym
a fake or assumed name
psyche
the human soul or spirit
puerile
childish; immature
pugilist
a boxer
pugnacious
eager to fight; quarrelsome
puissant
powerful; strong
pulchritude
beauty
pulmonary
pertaining to the lungs
pulverize
to crush or grind into powder
pummel
to beat or thrash with the fists
pun
the use of words alike in sound but different in meaning
punctilious
very exact; precise
pundit
a learned man; an expert or authority
pungent
having a sharp taste or smell; severely critical or sarcastic
punitive
pertaining to punishment
puny
weak; inferior
purge
to cleanse; to purify
puritanical
strict; rigid; harsh
purloin
to steal
purport
to claim to be
purvey
to supply; to furnish
pusillanimous
cowardly; fearful
putative
supposed; believed
putrefy
to rot; to decay
pyre
a funeral fire in which the corpse is burned
pyretic
pertaining to fever
pyromaniac
one who likes to start fires; an arsonist
Pyrrhic victory
success gained at too high a cost

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