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SAT Vocab P-R

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rondo
n. A musical composition during which the first part or subject is repeated several times.
picayune
adj. Of small value.
remunerate
v. To pay or pay for.
postgraduate
adj. Pertaining to studies that are pursued after receiving a degree.
regress
v. To return to a former place or condition.
regicide
n. The killing of a king or sovereign.
readjust
v. To put in order after disarrangement.
predominate
v. To be chief in importance, quantity, or degree.
playful
adj. Frolicsome.
reducible
adj. That may be reduced.
percipient
n. One who or that which perceives.
relent
v. To yield.
purveyor
n. one who supplies
pretension
n. A bold or presumptuous assertion.
pervious
adj. Admitting the entrance or passage of another substance.
Renaissance
n. The revival of letters, and then of art, which marks the transition from medieval to modern time.
penance
n. Punishment to which one voluntarily submits or subjects himself as an expression of penitence.
retort
n. A retaliatory speech.
remonstrance
n. Reproof.
prolific
adj. Producing offspring or fruit.
position
n. The manner in which a thing is placed.
poise
n. Equilibrium.
presumptuous
adj. Assuming too much.
payee
n. A person to whom money has been or is to be paid.
peccadillo
n. A small breach of propriety or principle.
palate
n. The roof of the mouth.
putrescent
adj. Undergoing decomposition of animal or vegetable matter accompanied by fetid odors.
rapacious
adj. Disposed to seize by violence or by unlawful or greedy methods.
parable
n. A brief narrative founded on real scenes or events usually with a moral.
phenomenon
n. Any unusual occurrence.
revert
v. To return, or turn or look back, as toward a former position or the like.
presumption
n. That which may be logically assumed to be true until disproved.
procrastinate
v. To put off till tomorrow or till a future time.
potential
n. Anything that may be possible.
pedigree
n. One's line of ancestors.
rote
n. Repetition of words or sounds as a means of learning them, with slight attention.
plenary
adj. Entire.
percussion
n. The sharp striking of one body against another.
revisal
n. Revision.
pittance
n. Any small portion or meager allowance.
requisite
adj. Necessary.
recourse
n. Resort to or application for help in exigency or trouble.
papacy
n. The official head of the Roman Catholic Church.
perpendicular
adj. Straight up and down.
perspicuous
adj. Lucid.
Quixotic
adj. Chivalrous or romantic to a ridiculous or extravagant degree.
profession
n. Any calling or occupation involving special mental or other special disciplines.
perfectible
adj. Capable of being made perfect.
pare
v. To cut, shave, or remove (the outside) from anything.
requiem
n. A solemn mass sung for the repose of the souls of the dead.
recover
v. To regain.
protuberant
adj. Bulging.
perspective
n. The relative importance of facts or matters from any special point of view.
resonance
adj. Able to reinforce sound by sympathetic vibrations.
physicist
n. A specialist in the science that treats of the phenomena associated with matter and energy.
polysyllable
adj. Having several syllables, especially more than three syllables.
preferential
adj. Possessing, giving, or constituting preference or priority.
revoke
v. To rescind.
pleasurable
adj. Affording gratification.
prophesy
v. To predict or foretell, especially under divine inspiration and guidance.
rife
adj. Abundant.
rhetorician
n. A showy writer or speaker.
ration
v. To provide with a fixed allowance or portion, especially of food.
recreate
v. To refresh after labor.
polytheism
n. The doctrine or belief that there are more gods than one.
pseudonym
n. A fictitious name, especially when assumed by a writer.
regent
n. One who is lawfully deputized to administer the government for the time being in the name of the ruler.
proceed
v. To renew motion or action, as after rest or interruption.
proxy
n. A person who is empowered by another to represent him or her in a given matter.
punctual
adj. Observant and exact in points of time.
petrify
v. To convert into a substance of stony hardness and character.
practicable
adj. Feasible.
pedagogue
n. A schoolmaster.
pervasive
adj. Thoroughly penetrating or permeating.
reservoir
n. A receptacle where a quantity of some material, especially of a liquid or gas, may be kept.
persistence
n. A fixed adherence to a resolve, course of conduct, or the like.
preferable
adj. More desirable than others.
pentavalent
adj. Quinqeuvalent.
privateer
n. A vessel owned and officered by private persons, but carrying on maritime war.
proficiency
n. An advanced state of acquirement, as in some knowledge, art, or science.
polygamy
n. the fact or condition of having more than one wife or husband at once.
refractory
adj. Not amenable to control.
plurality
n. A majority.
relevant
adj. Bearing upon the matter in hand.
rabid
adj. Affected with rabies or hydrophobia.
perturbation
n. Mental excitement or confusion.
pageant
n. A dramatic representation, especially a spectacular one.
pediatrics
n. The department of medical science that relates to the treatment of diseases of childhood.
premier
adj. First in rank or position.
perform
v. To accomplish.
personage
n. A man or woman as an individual, especially one of rank or high station.
parse
v. To describe, as a sentence, by separating it into its elements and describing each word.
repudiate
v. To refuse to have anything to do with.
rejuvenate
v. To restore to youth.
pentameter
n. In prosody, a line of verse containing five units or feet.
paucity
n. Fewness.
persecution
n. Harsh or malignant oppression.
predominance
n. Ascendancy or preponderance.
quackery
n. Charlatanry
peaceable
adj. Tranquil.
permanence
n. A continuance in the same state, or without any change that destroys the essential form or nature.
peerage
n. The nobility.
philology
n. The study of language in connection with history and literature.
pitiable
adj. Contemptible.
reparable
adj. Capable of repair.
recapitulate
v. To repeat again the principal points of.
parish
n. The ecclesiastical district in charge of a pastor.
photometer
n. Any instrument for measuring the intensity of light or comparing the intensity of two lights.
quarantine
n. The enforced isolation of any person or place infected with contagious disease.
resilient
adj. Having the quality of springing back to a former position.
presentiment
n. Foreboding.
rectitude
n. The quality of being upright in principles and conduct.
privity
n. Knowledge shared with another or others regarding a private matter.
pertinacity
n. Unyielding adherence.
panoply
n. A full set of armor.
papyrus
n. The writing-paper of the ancient Egyptians, and later of the Romans.
recognize
v. To recall the identity of (a person or thing).
rendition
n. Interpretation.
reprehend
v. To find fault with.
remission
n. Temporary diminution of a disease.
planisphere
n. A polar projection of the heavens on a chart.
patronize
v. To exercise an arrogant condescension toward.
recollect
v. To recall the knowledge of.
perspire
v. To excrete through the pores of the skin.
ruffian
adj. A lawless or recklessly brutal fellow.
rebuff
n. A peremptory or unexpected rejection of advances or approaches.
parallel
v. To cause to correspond or lie in the same direction and equidistant in all parts.
penetration
n. Discernment.
redoubtable
adj. Formidable.
ripplet
n. A small ripple, as of water.
ruth
n. Sorrow for another's misery.
pretext
n. A fictitious reason or motive.
reproduction
n. The process by which an animal or plant gives rise to another of its kind.
reimburse
v. To pay back as an equivalent of what has been expended.
proviso
n. A clause in a contract, will, etc., by which its operation is rendered conditional.
pavilion
n. An open structure for temporary shelter.
relish
v. To like the taste or savor of.
psychopathic
adj. Morally irresponsible.
rampant
adj. Growing, climbing, or running without check or restraint.
resent
v. To be indignant at, as an injury or insult.
pact
n. A covenant.
perusal
n. The act of reading carefully or thoughtfully.
regimen
n. A systematized order or course of living with reference to food, clothing and personal habits.
reaction
n. Tendency towards a former, or opposite state of things, as after reform, revolution, or inflation.
pedant
n. A scholar who makes needless and inopportune display of his learning.
revelation
n. A disclosing, discovering, or making known of what was before secret, private, or unknown.
prudential
adj. Proceeding or marked by caution.
pledgee
n. The person to whom anything is pledged.
preestablish
v. To settle or arrange beforehand.
retouch
v. To modify the details of.
paronymous
adj. Derived from the same root or primitive word.
photometry
n. The art of measuring the intensity of light.
reprisal
n. Any infliction or act by way of retaliation on an enemy.
procedure
n. A manner or method of acting.
prelate
n. One of a higher order of clergy having direct authority over other clergy.
protege
n. One specially cared for and favored by another usually older person.
pentagon
n. A figure, especially, with five angles and five sides.
preparatory
adj. Having to do with what is preliminary.
predicate
v. To state as belonging to something.
referable
adj. Ascribable.
parricide
n. The murder of a parent.
recrudescent
adj. Becoming raw or sore again.
retrograde
v. To cause to deteriorate or to move backward.
pernicious
adj. Tending to kill or hurt.
penitence
n. Sorrow for sin with desire to amend and to atone.
reticence
n. The quality of habitually keeping silent or being reserved in utterance.
rapt
adj. Enraptured.
permeate
v. To pervade.
reparation
n. The act of making amends, as for an injury, loss, or wrong.
refringent
adj. Having the power to refract.
repugnant
adj. Offensive to taste and feeling.
pacify
v. To bring into a peaceful state.
repulsive
adj. Grossly offensive.
persist
v. To continue steadfast against opposition.
petulance
n. The character or condition of being impatient, capricious or petulant.
prepossession
n. A preconceived liking.
premise
n. A judgment as a conclusion.
propeller
n. One who or that which propels.
reestablish
v. To restore.
protrusion
n. The act of protruding.
penetrate
v. To enter or force a way into the interior parts of.
rhetoric
n. The art of discourse.
pulmonary
adj. Pertaining to the lungs.
phonetic
adj. Representing articulate sounds or speech.
pinchers
n. An instrument having two jaws working on a pivot.
resistive
adj. Having or exercising the power of resistance.
permissible
adj. That may be allowed.
pioneer
n. One among the first to explore a country.
pompous
adj. Marked by an assumed stateliness and impressiveness of manner.
resurrection
n. A return from death to life
prescript
adj. Prescribed as a rule or model.
propitious
adj. Kindly disposed.
readily
adv. Without objection or reluctance.
pertinacious
adj. Persistent or unyielding.
pyromania
n. An insane propensity to set things on fire.
pitiless
adj. Hard-hearted.
paroxysm
n. A sudden outburst of any kind of activity.
philately
n. The study and collection of stamps.
pupilage
n. The state or period of being a student.
prosody
n. The science of poetical forms.
perpetrator
n. The doer of a wrong or a criminal act.
pollute
v. To contaminate.
plenteous
adj. Abundant.
reflector
n. A mirror, as of metal, for reflecting light, heat, or sound in a particular direction.
pinnacle
n. A high or topmost point, as a mountain-peak.
pedal
n. A lever for the foot usually applied only to musical instruments, cycles, and other machines.
rancor
n. Malice.
prohibitionist
n. One who favors the prohibition by law of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages.
reluctance
n. Unwillingness.
powerless
adj. Impotent.
reclusory
n. A hermitage.
paradox
n. A statement or doctrine seemingly in contradiction to the received belief.
perjury
n. A solemn assertion of a falsity.
rampart
n. A bulwark or construction to oppose assault or hostile entry.
precision
n. Accuracy of limitation, definition, or adjustment.
pervasion
n. The state of spreading through every part.
progression
n. A moving forward or proceeding in course.
peaceful
adj. Tranquil.
protoplasm
n. The substance that forms the principal portion of an animal or vegetable cell.
quintet
n. Musical composition arranged for five voices or instruments.
refract
v. To bend or turn from a direct course.
parity
n. Equality, as of condition or rank.
personal
adj. Not general or public.
possessor
n. One who owns, enjoys, or controls anything, as property.
pantomime
n. Sign-language.
physics
n. The science that treats of the phenomena associated with matter and energy.
reinstate
v. To restore to a former state, station, or authority.
retention
n. The keeping of a thing within one's power or possession.
primeval
adj. Belonging to the first ages.
panic
n. A sudden, unreasonable, overpowering fear.
peddler
n. One who travels from house to house with an assortment of goods for retail.
righteousness
n. Rectitude.
poignancy
n. Severity or acuteness, especially of pain or grief.
permanent
adj. Durable.
replete
adj. Full to the uttermost.
propulsion
n. A driving onward or forward.
prelude
n. An introductory or opening performance.
prophecy
n. Any prediction or foretelling.
reverent
adj. Humble.
pugnacious
adj. Quarrelsome.
quietus
n. A silencing, suppressing, or ending.
priggish
adj. Conceited.
prelacy
n. A system of church government.
pellucid
adj. Translucent.
pallid
adj. Of a pale or wan appearance.
personality
n. The attributes, taken collectively, that make up the character and nature of an individual.
providential
adj. Effected by divine guidance.
redolent
adj. Smelling sweet and agreeable.
radiate
v. To extend in all directions, as from a source or focus.
revile
v. To heap approach or abuse upon.
pique
v. To excite a slight degree of anger in.
predecessor
n. An incumbent of a given office previous to another.
rotund
adj. Round from fullness or plumpness.
prologue
n. A prefatory statement or explanation to a poem, discourse, or performance.
refringency
n. Power to refract.
persevere
v. To continue striving in spite of discouragements.
prostrate
adj. Lying prone, or with the head to the ground.
reconcilable
adj. Capable of being adjusted or harmonized.
prescient
adj. Foreknowing.
palinode
n. A retraction.
precede
v. To happen first.
plausible
adj. Seeming likely to be true, though open to doubt.
ramify
v. To divide or subdivide into branches or subdivisions.
Pariah
n. A member of a degraded class; a social outcast.
residue
n. A remainder or surplus after a part has been separated or otherwise treated.
reactionary
adj. Pertaining to, of the nature of, causing, or favoring reaction.
retrospective
adj. Looking back on the past.
pusillanimous
adj. Without spirit or bravery.
patrimony
n. An inheritance from an ancestor, especially from one's father.
retaliate
v. To repay evil with a similar evil.
pestilential
adj. having the nature of or breeding pestilence.
pedagogy
n. The science and art of teaching
pentahedron
n. A solid bounded by five plane faces.
paraphernalia
n. Miscellaneous articles of equipment or adornment.
predominant
adj. Superior in power, influence, effectiveness, number, or degree.
peripatetic
adj. Walking about.
probity
n. Virtue or integrity tested and confirmed.
repulse
n. The act of beating or driving back, as an attacking or advancing enemy.
precedent
n. An instance that may serve as a guide or basis for a rule.
reunite
v. To unite or join again, as after separation.
portent
n. Anything that indicates what is to happen.
radical
n. One who holds extreme views or advocates extreme measures.
prate
v. To talk about vainly or foolishly.
patriarch
n. The chief of a tribe or race who rules by paternal right.
peccant
adj. Guilty.
protagonist
n. A leader in any enterprise or contest.
rehabilitate
v. To restore to a former status, capacity, right rank, or privilege.
puerile
adj. Childish.
perspicacious
adj. Astute.
regalia
n. pl. The emblems of royalty.
presentient
adj. Perceiving or feeling beforehand.
rapid
adj. Having great speed.
populace
n. The common people.
repentance
n. Sorrow for something done or left undone, with desire to make things right by undoing the wrong.
predict
v. To foretell.
projection
n. A prominence.
rightful
adj. Conformed to a just claim according to established laws or usage.
reflectible
adj. Capable of being turned back.
polar
adj. Pertaining to the poles of a sphere, especially of the earth.
purl
v. To cause to whirl, as in an eddy.
regale
v. To give unusual pleasure.
recognizance
n. An acknowledgment entered into before a court with condition to do some particular act.
Parisian
adj. Of or pertaining to the city of Paris.
paly
adj. Lacking color or brilliancy.
prehensile
adj. Adapted for grasping or holding.
redress
v. To set right, as a wrong by compensation or the punishment of the wrong-doer.
raptorial
adj. Seizing and devouring living prey.
relegate
v. To send off or consign, as to an obscure position or remote destination.
protocol
n. A declaration or memorandum of agreement less solemn and formal than a treaty.
postdate
v. To make the date of any writing later than the real date.
plummet
n. A piece of lead for making soundings, adjusting walls to the vertical.
raucous
adj. Harsh.
relinquish
v. To give up using or having.
prosaic
adj. Unimaginative.
primer
n. An elementary reading-book for children.
prospectus
n. A paper or pamphlet containing information of a proposed undertaking.
quite
adv. Fully.
peninsular
adj. Pertaining to a piece of land almost surrounded by water.
precarious
adj. Perilous.
reprobate
n. One abandoned to depravity and sin.
preponderant
adj. Prevalent.
pollen
n. The fine dust-like grains or powder formed within the anther of a flowering plant.
recure
v. To cure again.
perfumery
n. The preparation of perfumes.
rejuvenescence
n. A renewal of youth.
protuberance
n. Something that swells out from a surrounding surface.
propagate
v. To spread abroad or from person to person.
pharmacopoeia
n. A book containing the formulas and methods of preparation of medicines for the use of druggists.
plutocracy
n. A wealthy class in a political community who control the government by means of their money.
paralysis
n. Loss of the power of contractility in the voluntary or involuntary muscles.
prefatory
adj. Pertaining to a brief explanation to the reader at the beginning of a book.
preternatural
adj. Extraordinary.
regime
n. Particular conduct or administration of affairs.
reticent
adj. Habitually keeping silent or being reserved in utterance.
parlor
n. A room for reception of callers or entertainment of guests.
punitive
adj. Pertaining to punishment.
proverb
n. A brief, pithy saying, condensing in witty or striking form the wisdom of experience.
repel
v. To force or keep back in a manner, physically or mentally.
pathos
n. The quality in any form of representation that rouses emotion or sympathy.
pincers
n. An instrument having two lever-handles and two jaws working on a pivot.
phlegmatic
adj. Not easily roused to feeling or action.
reseat
v. To place in position of office again.
portend
v. To indicate as being about to happen, especially by previous signs.
priory
n. A monastic house.
privy
adj. Participating with another or others in the knowledge of a secret transaction.
petulant
adj. Displaying impatience.
pall
v. To make dull by satiety.
prominent
adj. Conspicuous in position, character, or importance.
reconsider
v. To review with care, especially with a view to a reversal of previous action.
pertinent
adj. Relevant.
precipitant
adj. Moving onward quickly and heedlessly.
pyx
n. A vessel or casket, usually of precious metal, in which the host is preserved.
personnel
n. The force of persons collectively employed in some service.
puissant
adj. Possessing strength.
piece
n. A loose or separated part, as distinguished from the whole or the mass.
palette
n. A thin tablet, with a hole for the thumb, upon which artists lay their colors for painting.
portfolio
n. A portable case for holding writing-materials, drawings, etc.
probate
adj. Relating to making proof, as of a will.
principal
adj. Most important.
quibble
n. An utterly trivial distinction or objection.
qualify
v. To endow or furnish with requisite ability, character, knowledge, skill, or possessions.
quay
n. A wharf or artificial landing-place on the shore of a harbor or projecting into it.
preparation
n. An act or proceeding designed to bring about some event.
percipience
n. The act of perceiving.
parley
v. To converse in.
recrudescence
n. The state of becoming raw or sore again.
perigee
n. The point in the orbit of the moon when it is nearest the earth.
preference
n. An object of favor or choice.
plebeian
adj. Common.
premonition
n. Foreboding.
quarrelsome
adj. Irascible.
qualification
n. A requisite for an employment, position, right, or privilege.
retrogression
n. A going or moving backward or in a reverse direction.
psychic
adj. Pertaining to the mind or soul.
precaution
n. A provision made in advance for some possible emergency or danger.
respite
n. Interval of rest.
perseverance
n. A persistence in purpose and effort.
prodigal
n. One wasteful or extravagant, especially in the use of money or property.
posse
n. A force of men.
resonate
v. To have or produce resonance.
ravenous
adj. Furiously voracious or hungry.
respondent
adj. Answering.
recruit
v. To enlist men for military or naval service.
promissory
adj. Expressing an engagement to pay.
poetaster
n. An inferior poet.
perspiration
n. Sweat.
preeminence
n. Special eminence.
palsy
n. Paralysis.
reckless
adj. Foolishly headless of danger.
punctilious
adj. Strictly observant of the rules or forms prescribed by law or custom.
perennial
adj. Continuing though the year or through many years.
perceive
v. To have knowledge of, or receive impressions concerning, through the medium of the body senses.
polyhedron
n. A solid bounded by plane faces, especially by more than four.
queue
n. A file of persons waiting in order of their arrival, as for admittance.
pervert
n. One who has forsaken a doctrine regarded as true for one esteemed false.
reprehensible
adj. Censurable.
peremptory
adj. Precluding question or appeal.
rigorous
adj. Uncompromising.
purloin
v. To steal.
restitution
n. Restoration of anything to the one to whom it properly belongs.
phonic
adj. Pertaining to the nature of sound.
refragable
adj. Capable of being refuted.
precocious
adj. Having the mental faculties prematurely developed.
quandary
n. A puzzling predicament.
preengage
v. To preoccupy.
preface
n. A brief explanation or address to the reader, at the beginning of a book.
paragon
n. A model of excellence.
prolong
v. To extend in time or duration.
pamphlet
n. A brief treatise or essay, usually on a subject of current interest.
quarto
n. An eight-page newspaper of any size.
pendulous
adj. Hanging, especially so as to swing by an attached end or part.
precise
adj. Exact.
promenade
v. To walk for amusement or exercise.
prohibition
n. A decree or an order forbidding something.
passible
adj. Capable of feeling of suffering.
renunciation
n. An explicit disclaimer of a right or privilege.
prevalence
n. Frequency.
philosophize
v. To seek ultimate causes and principles.
referrer
n. One who refers.
prediction
n. A prophecy.
perturb
v. To disturb greatly.
reluctant
adj. Unwilling.
possessive
adj. Pertaining to the having, holding, or detention of property in one's power or command.
prowess
n. Strength, skill, and intrepidity in battle.
reciprocity
n. Equal mutual rights and benefits granted and enjoyed.
peddle
v. To go about with a small stock of goods to sell.
repugnance
n. Thorough dislike.
protrude
v. To push out or thrust forth.
prevaricate
v. To use ambiguous or evasive language for the purpose of deceiving or diverting attention.
ravage
v. To lay waste by pillage, rapine, devouring, or other destructive methods.
promoter
n. A furtherer, forwarder, or encourager.
prerogative
adj. Having superior rank or precedence.
recessive
adj. Having a tendency to go back.
paleontology
n. The branch of biology that treats of ancient life and fossil organisms.
quarter
n. One of four equal parts into which anything is or may be divided.
protection
n. Preservation from harm, danger, annoyance, or any other evil.
prefix
v. To attach at the beginning.
paternity
n. Fatherhood.
philosophy
n. The general principles, laws, or causes that furnish the rational explanation of anything.
pentagram
n. A figure having five points or lobes.
prurient
adj. Inclined to lascivious thoughts and desires.
peevish
adj. Petulant. (irritable)
plural
adj. Containing or consisting of more than one.
resurgent
adj. Surging back or again.
pyrotechnic
adj. Pertaining to fireworks or their manufacture.
reformer
n. One who carries out a reform.
ready
adj. In a state of preparedness for any given purpose or occasion.
redemption
n. The recovery of what is mortgaged or pledged, by paying the debt.
query
v. To make inquiry.
probe
v. To search through and through.
privilege
n. A right or immunity not enjoyed by all, or that may be enjoyed only under special conditions.
protector
n. A defender.
retrench
v. To cut down or reduce in extent or quantity.
packet
n. A bundle, as of letters.
pendant
n. Anything that hangs from something else, either for ornament or for use.
resistant
adj. Offering or tending to produce resistance.
pillage
n. Open robbery, as in war.
rigor
n. Inflexibility.
platitude
n. A written or spoken statement that is flat, dull, or commonplace.
resistless
adj. Powerless.
qualm
n. A fit of nausea.
possess
v. To own.
recline
v. To cause to assume a leaning or recumbent attitude or position.
protomartyr
n. The earliest victim in any cause.
repository
n. A place in which goods are stored.
reminiscent
adj. Pertaining to the recollection of matters of personal interest.
purgatory
n. An intermediate state where souls are made fit for paradise or heaven by expiatory suffering.
persiflage
n. Banter.
resistance
n. The exertion of opposite effort or effect.
patronymic
adj. Formed after one's father's name.
rookery
n. A place where crows congregate to breed.
reliance
n. Dependence.
reminiscence
n. The calling to mind of incidents within the range of personal knowledge or experience.
remiss
adj. Negligent.
radiance
n. Brilliant or sparkling luster.
redolence
n. Smelling sweet and agreeable.
prejudice
n. A judgment or opinion formed without due examination of the facts.
penalty
n. The consequences that follow the transgression of natural or divine law.
pungency
n. The quality of affecting the sense of smell.
palliate
v. To cause to appear less guilty.
psychotherapy
n. The treatment of mental disease.
perjure
v. To swear falsely to.
retinue
n. The body of persons who attend a person of importance in travel or public appearance.
proscenium
n. That part of the stage between the curtain and the orchestra.
rejoin
v. To reunite after separation.
reciprocal
adj. Mutually interchangeable or convertible.
positive
adj. Free from doubt or hesitation.
redundant
adj. Constituting an excess.
penitential
adj. Pertaining to sorrow for sin with desire to amend and to atone.
parody
v. To render ludicrous by imitating the language of.
prodigy
n. A person or thing of very remarkable gifts or qualities.
preexist
v. To exist at a period or in a state earlier than something else.
robust
adj. Characterized by great strength or power of endurance.
plaudit
n. An expression of applause.
provincial
adj. Uncultured in thought and manner.
pentathlon
n. The contest of five associated exercises in the great games and the same contestants.
prototype
n. A work, original in character, afterward imitated in form or spirit.
pedestrian
n. One who journeys on foot.
rhapsody
n. Rapt or rapturous utterance.
possession
n. The having, holding, or detention of property in one's power or command.
rudimentary
adj. Being in an initial, early, or incomplete stage of development.
penultimate
adj. A syllable or member of a series that is last but one.
proscription
n. Any act of condemnation and rejection from favor and privilege.
remonstrant
adj. Having the character of a reproof.
pedagogics
n. The science and art of teaching.
predicament
n. A difficult, trying situation or plight.
regiment
n. A body of soldiers.
requital
n. Adequate return for good or ill.
protective
adj. Sheltering.
pendulum
n. A weight hung on a rod, serving by its oscillation to regulate the rate of a clock.
quartet
n. A composition for four voices or four instruments.
retroactive
adj. Operative on, affecting, or having reference to past events, transactions, responsibilities.
playwright
n. A maker of plays for the stage.
percolate
v. To filter.
propel
v. To drive or urge forward.
pamphleteer
v. To compose or issue pamphlets, especially controversial ones.
perfidy
n. Treachery.
resilience
n. The power of springing back to a former position
panorama
n. A series of large pictures representing a continuous scene.
remonstrate
v. To present a verbal or written protest to those who have power to right or prevent a wrong.
principality
n. The territory of a reigning prince.
resumption
n. The act of taking back, or taking again.
perhaps
adv. Possibly.
Pantheon
n. A circular temple at Rome with a fine Corinthian portico and a great domed roof.
recidivist
n. A confirmed criminal.
proffer
v. To offer to another for acceptance.
preposterous
adj. Utterly ridiculous or absurd.
pantheism
n. The worship of nature for itself or its beauty.
protract
v. To prolong.
raillery
n. Good-humored satire.
plea
n. An argument to obtain some desired action.
prefer
v. To hold in higher estimation.
rendezvous
n. A prearranged place of meeting.
reliquary
n. A casket, coffer, or repository in which relics are kept.
penurious
adj. Excessively sparing in the use of money.
repellent
adj. Having power to force back in a manner, physically or mentally.
reassure
v. To give new confidence.
plumb
n. A weight suspended by a line to test the verticality of something.
reck
v. To have a care or thought for.
rankle
v. To produce irritation or festering.
postscript
n. Something added to a letter after the writer's signature.
proclamation
n. Any announcement made in a public manner.
resuscitate
v. To restore from apparent death.
pennant
n. A small flag.
reprimand
v. To chide or rebuke for a fault.
perversity
n. Wickedness.
remodel
v. Reconstruct.
pharmacy
n. The art or business of compounding and dispensing medicines.
preservation
n. Conservation.
proletarian
n. A person of the lowest or poorest class.
permutation
n. Reciprocal change, different ordering of same items.
reiterate
v. To say or do again and again.
parsimonious
adj. Unduly sparing in the use or expenditure of money.
perspicacity
n. Acuteness or discernment.
polygon
n. A figure having many angles.
reversion
n. A return to or toward some former state or condition.
plenipotentiary
n. A person fully empowered to transact any business.
phosphorescence
n. The property of emitting light.
paternal
adj. Fatherly.
proselyte
n. One who has been won over from one religious belief to another.
prohibitory
adj. Involving or equivalent to prohibition, especially of the sale of alcoholic beverages.
perception
n. Knowledge through the senses of the existence and properties of matter or the external world.
recede
v. To move back or away.
recapture
v. To capture again.
rescind
v. To make void, as an act, by the enacting authority or a superior authority.
passive
adj. Unresponsive.
revise
v. To examine for the correction of errors, or for the purpose of making changes.
prospector
n. One who makes exploration, search, or examination, especially for minerals.
preordain
v. To foreordain.
patter
v. To mumble something over and over.
reclaim
v. To demand or to obtain the return or restoration of.
prudery
n. An undue display of modesty or delicacy.
proximately
adv. Immediately.
ruminant
adj. Chewing the cud.
prickle
v. To puncture slightly with fine, sharp points.
profligate
adj. Abandoned to vice.
potency
n. Power.
prescriptible
adj. Derived from authoritative direction.
purport
n. Intent.
renovate
v. To restore after deterioration, as a building.
receptive
adj. Having the capacity, quality, or ability of receiving, as truths or impressions.
quiescence
n. Quiet.
regnant
adj. Exercising royal authority in one's own right.
peter
v. To fail or lose power, efficiency, or value.
retrieve
v. To recover something by searching.
populous
adj. Containing many inhabitants, especially in proportion to the territory.
penury
n. Indigence.
rebuild
v. To build again or anew.
pervade
v. To pass or spread through every part.
quintessence
n. The most essential part of anything.
preoccupy
v. To fill the mind of a person to the exclusion of other subjects.
precursor
n. A forerunner or herald.
pudgy
adj. Small and fat.
physique
n. The physical structure or organization of a person.
participate
v. To receive or have a part or share of.
penetrable
adj. That may be pierced by physical, moral, or intellectual force.
promontory
n. A high point of land extending outward from the coastline into the sea.
prima
adj. First.
piccolo
n. A small flute.
reprieve
v. To grant a respite from punishment to.
placid
adj. Serene.
premature
adj. Coming too soon.
preamble
n. A statement introductory to and explanatory of what follows.
pectoral
adj. Pertaining to the breast or thorax.
repertory
n. A place where things are stored or gathered together.
reconstruct
v. To rebuild.
rivulet
n. A small stream or brook.
perverse
adj. Unreasonable.
rigmarole
n. Nonsense.
pommel
v. To beat with something thick or bulky.
regenerate
v. To reproduce.
polycracy
n. The rule of many.
physiology
n. The science of organic functions.
repartee
n. A ready, witty, or apt reply.
perversion
n. Diversion from the true meaning or proper purpose.
prehension
n. The act of laying hold of or grasping.
resemblance
n. Similarity in quality or form.
preempt
v. To secure the right of preference in the purchase of public land.
rationalism
n. The formation of opinions by relying upon reason alone, independently of authority.
ravine
n. A deep gorge or hollow, especially one worn by a stream or flow of water.
phenomenal
adj. Extraordinary or marvelous.
proportionate
adj. Being in proportion.
ridiculous
adj. Laughable and contemptible.
polyarchy
n. Government by several or many persons of what- ever class.
reflexible
adj. Capable of being reflected.
recreant
n. A cowardly or faithless person.
resonance
n. The quality of being able to reinforce sound by sympathetic vibrations.
rebut
v. To oppose by argument or a sufficient answer.
profligacy
n. Shameless viciousness.
progeny
n. Offspring.
pauper
n. One without means of support.
ridicule
n. Looks or acts expressing amused contempt.
receivable
adj. Capable of being or fit to be received - often money.
polyglot
adj. Speaking several tongues.
pandemic
adj. Affecting a whole people or all classes, as a disease.
preponderate
v. To exceed in influence or power.
promiscuous
adj. Brought together without order, distinction, or design (for sex).
rotary
adj. Turning around its axis, like a wheel, or so constructed as to turn thus.
profile
n. An outline or contour.
reciprocate
v. To give and take mutually.
pitiful
adj. Wretched.
procrastination
n. Delay.
pestilence
n. A raging epidemic.
periodicity
n. The habit or characteristic of recurrence at regular intervals.
photoelectric
adj. Pertaining to the combined action of light and electricity.
retch
v. To make an effort to vomit.
poignant
adj. Severely painful or acute to the spirit.
quantity
n. Magnitude.
regality
n. Royalty.
pseudapostle
n. A pretended or false apostle.
repeal
v. To render of no further effect.
revocation
n. Repeal.
rectify
v. To correct.
philogynist
n. One who is fond of women.
promulgate
v. To proclaim.
quadruple
v. To multiply by four.
rapine
n. The act of seizing and carrying off property by superior force, as in war.
partisan
adj. Characterized by or exhibiting undue or unreasoning devotion to a party.
philologist
n. An expert in linguistics.
parallelism
n. Essential likeness.
regretful
adj. Feeling, expressive of, or full of regret.
pillory
n. A wooden framework in which an offender is fastened to boards and is exposed to public scorn.
perceptible
adj. Cognizable.
preferment
n. Preference.
rustic
adj. Characteristic of dwelling in the country.
retrospect
n. A view or contemplation of something past.
protuberate
v. To swell or bulge beyond the surrounding surface.
piteous
adj. Compassionate.
rearrange
v. To arrange again or in a different order.
repute
v. To hold in general opinion.
preclude
v. To prevent.
peerless
adj. Of unequaled excellence or worth.
resource
n. That which is restored to, relied upon, or made available for aid or support.
patriotism
n. Love and devotion to one's country.
presentment
n. Semblance.
replica
n. A duplicate executed by the artist himself, and regarded, equally with the first, as an original.
preemption
n. The right or act of purchasing before others.
plasticity
n. The property of some substances through which the form of the mass can readily be changed.
palpable
n. perceptible by feeling or touch.
plenitude
n. Abundance.
palatial
adj. Magnificent.
precedential
adj. Of the nature of an instance that may serve as a guide or basis for a rule.
proctor
n. An agent acting for another.
philanthropist
n. One who endeavors to help his fellow men.
persuadable
adj. capable of influencing to action by entreaty, statement, or anything that moves the feelings.
risible
adj. capable of exciting laughter.
percolator
n. A filter.
riddance
n. The act or ridding or delivering from something undesirable.
phonology
n. The science of human vocal sounds.
pension
n. A periodical allowance to an individual on account of past service done by him/her.
refute
v. To prove to be wrong.
panegyric
n. A formal and elaborate eulogy, written or spoken, of a person or of an act.
potion
n. A dose of liquid medicine.
posterior
n. The hinder part.
poesy
n. Poetry.
ponder
v. To meditate or reflect upon.
pandemonium
n. A fiendish or riotous uproar.
propriety
n. Accordance with recognized usage, custom, or principles.
paralyze
v. To deprive of the power to act.
plagiarism
n. The stealing of passages from the writings of another and publishing them as one's own.
perfunctory
adj. Half-hearted.
poetic
adj. Pertaining to poetry.
retract
v. To recall or take back (something that one has said).
referee
n. An umpire.
philanthropic
adj. Benevolent.
philharmonic
adj. Fond of music.
preexistence
n. Existence antecedent to something.
pristine
adj. Primitive.
pastoral
adj. Having the spirit or sentiment of rural life.
proficient
adj. Possessing ample and ready knowledge or of skill in any art, science, or industry.
profuse
adj. Produced or displayed in overabundance.
pauperism
n. Dependence on charity.
refer
v. To direct or send for information or other purpose.
precipice
n. A high and very steep or approximately vertical cliff.
refusal
n. Denial of what is asked.
pungent
adj. Affecting the sense of smell.
productive
adj. Yielding in abundance.
perforate
v. To make a hole or holes through.
paraphrase
v. Translate freely.
ribald
adj. Indulging in or manifesting coarse indecency or obscenity.
patrician
adj. Of senatorial or noble rank.
parlance
n. Mode of speech.
realism
n. The principle and practice of depicting persons and scenes as they are believed really to exist.
pluperfect
adj. Expressing past time or action prior to some other past time or action.
rotate
v. To cause to turn on or as on its axis, as a wheel.
recur
v. To happen again or repeatedly, especially at regular intervals.
ruminate
v. To chew over again, as food previously swallowed and regurgitated.
predatory
adj. Prone to pillaging.
rebellious
adj. Insubordinate.
pagan
n. A worshiper of false gods.
poetics
n. The rules and principles of poetry.
resplendent
adj. Very bright.
perpetuate
v. To preserve from extinction or oblivion.
reform
n. Change for the better.
perquisite
n. Any profit from service beyond the amount fixed as salary or wages.
potentate
n. One possessed of great power or sway.
piecemeal
adv. Gradually.
pecuniary
adj. Consisting of money.
reorganize
v. To change to a more satisfactory form of organization.
perambulate
v. To walk about.
probation
n. Any proceeding designed to ascertain or test character, qualification, or the like.
professor
n. A public teacher of the highest grade in a university or college.
principle
n. A general truth or proposition.
proscribe
v. To reject, as a teaching or a practice, with condemnation or denunciation.
posit
v. To present in an orderly manner.
prodigious
adj. Immense.
parliament
n. A legislative body.
phonogram
n. A graphic character symbolizing an articulate sound.
reproof
n. An expression of disapproval or blame personally addressed to one censured.
pedestal
n. A base or support as for a column, statue, or vase.
pomposity
n. The quality of being marked by an assumed stateliness and impressiveness of manner.
prim
adj. Stiffly proper.
pseudonymity
n. The state or character of using a fictitious name.
paramour
n. One who is unlawfully and immorally a lover or a mistress.
psychiatry
n. The branch of medicine that relates to mental disease.
prudence
n. Caution.
paramount
adj. Supreme in authority.
remuneration
n. Compensation.
ramose
adj. Branch-like.
panel
n. A rectangular piece set in or as in a frame.
prevention
n. Thwarting.
reproduce
v. To make a copy of.
rein
n. A step attached to the bit for controlling a horse or other draft-animal.
partition
n. That which separates anything into distinct parts.
parentage
n. The relation of parent to child, of the producer to the produced, or of cause to effect.
redundance
n. Excess.
prehensible
adj. Capable of being grasped.
reconnoiter
v. To make a preliminary examination of for military, surveying, or geological purposes.
philander
v. To play at courtship with a woman.
ponderous
adj. Unusually weighty or forcible.
reliant
adj. Having confidence.
prescience
n. Knowledge of events before they take place.
presage
v. To foretell.
precedence
n. Priority in place, time, or rank.
potent
adj. Physically powerful.
prevalent
adj. Of wide extent or frequent occurrence.
relapse
v. To suffer a return of a disease after partial recovery.
provident
adj. Anticipating and making ready for future wants or emergencies.
pretentious
adj. Marked by pretense, conceit, or display.
refinery
n. A place where some crude material, as sugar or petroleum, is purified.
quiescent
adj. Being in a state of repose or inaction.
pantoscope
n. A very wide-angled photographic lens.
recluse
n. One who lives in retirement or seclusion.
placate
v. To bring from a state of angry or hostile feeling to one of patience or friendliness.
repressible
adj. Able to be kept under restraint or control.
participant
n. One having a share or part.
rue
v. To regret extremely.
requite
v. To repay either good or evil to, as to a person.
repress
v. To keep under restraint or control.
recuperate
v. To recover.
quadrate
v. To divide into quarters.
repine
v. To indulge in fretfulness and faultfinding.
pyre
n. A heap of combustibles arranged for burning a dead body.
reflection
n. The throwing off or back of light, heat, sound, or any form of energy that travels in waves.
provocation
n. An action or mode of conduct that excites resentment.
profiteer
n. One who profits.
Pan-American
adj. Including or pertaining to the whole of America, both North and South.
replenish
v. To fill again, as something that has been emptied.
reign
v. To hold and exercise sovereign power.
racy
adj. Exciting or exhilarating to the mind.
recoil
v. To start back as in dismay, loathing, or dread.
polemics
n. The art of controversy or disputation.
prescription
n. An authoritative direction.
quiet
adj. Making no noise.
repetition
n. The act of repeating.
possible
adj. Being not beyond the reach of power natural, moral, or supernatural.
pentad
n. The number five.
prattle
v. To utter in simple or childish talk.
remembrance
n. Recollection.
pneumatic
adj. Pertaining to or consisting of air or gas.
recant
v. To withdraw formally one's belief (in something previously believed or maintained).
pleasant
adj. Agreeable.
propellant
adj. Propelling.
philanthropy
n. Active humanitarianism.
revere
v. To regard with worshipful veneration.
primitive
adj. Pertaining to the beginning or early times.
pestilent
adj. Having a malign influence or effect.
pledgeor
n. One who gives a pledge.
radix
n. That from or on which something is developed.
penchant
n. A bias in favor of something.
pious
adj. Religious.
polytechnic
adj. Pertaining to, embracing, or practicing many arts.
recitation
n. The act of reciting or repeating, especially in public and from memory.
precipitate
v. To force forward prematurely.
physiocracy
n. The doctrine that land and its products are the only true wealth.
Protestant
n. A Christian who denies the authority of the Pope and holds the right of special judgment.
propaganda
n. Any institution or systematic scheme for propagating a doctrine or system.
pontiff
n. The Pope.
physiognomy
n. The external appearance merely.
querulous
adj. Habitually complaining.
partible
adj. Separable.
preoccupation
n. The state of having the mind, attention, or inclination preoccupied.
redound
n. Rebound.
retrace
v. To follow backward or toward the place of beginning, as a track or marking.
recurrent
adj. Returning from time to time, especially at regular or stated intervals.
panacea
n. A remedy or medicine proposed for or professing to cure all diseases.
prolix
adj. Verbose.
persuade
v. To win the mind of by argument, eloquence, evidence, or reflection.
precession
n. The act of going forward.
reprehension
n. Expression of blame.
prominence
n. The quality of being noticeable or distinguished.
quarterly
adj. Occurring or made at intervals of three months.
peccable
adj. Capable of sinning.
physiography
n. Description of nature.
rupture
v. To separate the parts of by violence.

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