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Glossary of a-SAT words P

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paean
song of joy
pall
a covering

to become weary, unpleasant
palliate
to ease, lessen
panoply
protective covering
pariah
outcast
parlous
dangerous
parochial
narrow
paroxysm
sudden outburst
pedagogue
school teacher
pejorative
insulting
pellucid
clear
penitent
expressing sorrow for sinning
peregrinate
to wander
peremptory
decisive
perforce
of necessity
periphrastic*
said in a roundabout way
peroration
the concluding part of speech
philippic
bitter verbal attack
picaresque
adventurous wanderer
piddling
trifling, petty
piecemeal
bit by bit
pied
many colored
pillory
to expose to ridicule
plaudit
applause
plenary
complete
plumb
to test
poltroon
a coward
portentous
foreshadowing
potentate
ruler
precipitate
to bring about an action suddenly
précis
brief summary
predicate
to declare
preen
to dress well
prehensile
adapted for seizing
presage
to warn in advance
prescience
foreknowledge
presentiment
anticipation (of evil)
preternatural
abnormal
prevaricate
to lie
primp
to dress fussily
prismatic
multi colored
privation
loss of essential
procrustean
designed to get conformity at any cost
prodigal
wasteful
progeny
descendants
prolix
long and wordy
promulgate
to announce, advocate
propinquity
nearness
propitious
favorable
proselyte
a convert
protean
changeable
puissant
strong
punctilious
precise
purvey
to supply
pusillanimous
cowardly
putative
supposed

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