Law Dictionary – Legal Words ( P )

pacify –  To bring into a peaceful state.

packet –  A bundle, as of letters.

pact –  A covenant.

pagan –  A worshiper of false gods.

pageant –  A dramatic representation, especially a spectacular one.

palate –  The roof of the mouth.

palatial –  Magnificent.

paleontology –  The branch of biology that treats of ancient life and fossil organisms.

palette –  A thin tablet, with a hole for the thumb, upon which artists lay their colors for painting.

palinode –  A retraction.

pall –  To make dull by satiety.

palliate –  To cause to appear less guilty.

pallid –  Of a pale or wan appearance.

palpable –  perceptible by feeling or touch.

palsy –  Paralysis.

paly –  Lacking color or brilliancy.

pamphlet –  A brief treatise or essay, usually on a subject of current interest.

pamphleteer –  To compose or issue pamphlets, especially controversial ones.

panacea –  A remedy or medicine proposed for or professing to cure all diseases.

Pan-American –  Including or pertaining to the whole of America, both North and South.

pandemic –  Affecting a whole people or all classes, as a disease.

pandemonium –  A fiendish or riotous uproar.

panegyric –  A formal and elaborate eulogy, written or spoken, of a person or of an act.

panel –  A rectangular piece set in or as in a frame.

panic –  A sudden, unreasonable, overpowering fear.

panoply –  A full set of armor.

panorama –  A series of large pictures representing a continuous scene.

pantheism –  The worship of nature for itself or its beauty.

Pantheon –  A circular temple at Rome with a fine Corinthian portico and a great domed roof.

pantomime –  Sign-language.

pantoscope –  A very wide-angled photographic lens.

papacy –  The official head of the Roman Catholic Church.

papyrus –  The writing-paper of the ancient Egyptians, and later of the Romans.

parable –  A brief narrative founded on real scenes or events usually with a moral.

paradox –  A statement or doctrine seemingly in contradiction to the received belief.

paragon –  A model of excellence.

parallel –  To cause to correspond or lie in the same direction and equidistant in all parts.

parallelism –  Essential likeness.

paralysis –  Loss of the power of contractility in the voluntary or involuntary muscles.

paralyze –  To deprive of the power to act.

paramount –  Supreme in authority.

paramour –  One who is unlawfully and immorally a lover or a mistress.

paraphernalia –  Miscellaneous articles of equipment or adornment.

paraphrase –  Translate freely.

pare –  To cut, shave, or remove (the outside) from anything.

parentage –  The relation of parent to child, of the producer to the produced, or of cause to effect.

Pariah –  A member of a degraded class; a social outcast.

parish –  The ecclesiastical district in charge of a pastor.

Parisian –  Of or pertaining to the city of Paris.

parity –  Equality, as of condition or rank.

parlance –  Mode of speech.

parley –  To converse in.

parliament –  A legislative body.

parlor –  A room for reception of callers or entertainment of guests.

parody –  To render ludicrous by imitating the language of.

paronymous –  Derived from the same root or primitive word.

paroxysm –  A sudden outburst of any kind of activity.

parricide –  The murder of a parent.

parse –  To describe, as a sentence, by separating it into its elements and describing each word.

parsimonious –  Unduly sparing in the use or expenditure of money.

partible –  Separable.

participant –  One having a share or part.

participate –  To receive or have a part or share of.

partition –  That which separates anything into distinct parts.

partisan –  Characterized by or exhibiting undue or unreasoning devotion to a party.

passible –  Capable of feeling of suffering.

passive –  Unresponsive.

pastoral –  Having the spirit or sentiment of rural life.

paternal –  Fatherly.

paternity –  Fatherhood.

pathos –  The quality in any form of representation that rouses emotion or sympathy.

patriarch –  The chief of a tribe or race who rules by paternal right.

patrician –  Of senatorial or noble rank.

patrimony –  An inheritance from an ancestor, especially from one’s father.

patriotism –  Love and devotion to one’s country.

patronize –  To exercise an arrogant condescension toward.

patronymic –  Formed after one’s father’s name.

patter –  To mumble something over and over.

paucity –  Fewness.

pauper –  One without means of support.

pauperism –  Dependence on charity.

pavilion –  An open structure for temporary shelter.

payee –  A person to whom money has been or is to be paid.

peaceable –  Tranquil.

peaceful –  Tranquil.

peccable –  Capable of sinning.

peccadillo –  A small breach of propriety or principle.

peccant –  Guilty.

pectoral –  Pertaining to the breast or thorax.

pecuniary –  Consisting of money.

pedagogics –  The science and art of teaching.

pedagogue –  A schoolmaster.

pedagogy –  The science and art of teaching

pedal –  A lever for the foot usually applied only to musical instruments, cycles, and other machines.

pedant –  A scholar who makes needless and inopportune display of his learning.

peddle –  To go about with a small stock of goods to sell.

pedestal –  A base or support as for a column, statue, or vase.

pedestrian –  One who journeys on foot.

pediatrics –  The department of medical science that relates to the treatment of diseases of childhood.

pedigree –  One’s line of ancestors.

peddler –  One who travels from house to house with an assortment of goods for retail.

peerage –  The nobility.

peerless –  Of unequaled excellence or worth.

peevish –  Petulant. (irritable)

pellucid –  Translucent.

penalty –  The consequences that follow the transgression of natural or divine law.

penance –  Punishment to which one voluntarily submits or subjects himself as an expression of penitence.

penchant –  A bias in favor of something.

pendant –  Anything that hangs from something else, either for ornament or for use.

pendulous –  Hanging, especially so as to swing by an attached end or part.

pendulum –  A weight hung on a rod, serving by its oscillation to regulate the rate of a clock.

penetrable –  That may be pierced by physical, moral, or intellectual force.

penetrate –  To enter or force a way into the interior parts of.

penetration –  Discernment.

peninsular –  Pertaining to a piece of land almost surrounded by water.

penitence –  Sorrow for sin with desire to amend and to atone.

penitential –  Pertaining to sorrow for sin with desire to amend and to atone.

pennant –  A small flag.

pension –  A periodical allowance to an individual on account of past service done by him/her.

pentagram –  A figure having five points or lobes.

pentavalent –  Quinqeuvalent.

pentad –  The number five.

pentagon –  A figure, especially, with five angles and five sides.

pentahedron –  A solid bounded by five plane faces.

pentameter –  In prosody, a line of verse containing five units or feet.

pentathlon –  The contest of five associated exercises in the great games and the same contestants.

penultimate –  A syllable or member of a series that is last but one.

penurious –  Excessively sparing in the use of money.

penury –  Indigence.

perambulate –  To walk about.

perceive –  To have knowledge of, or receive impressions concerning, through the medium of the body senses.

perceptible –  Cognizable.

perception –  Knowledge through the senses of the existence and properties of matter or the external world.

percipience –  The act of perceiving.

percipient –  One who or that which perceives.

percolate –  To filter.

percolator –  A filter.

percussion –  The sharp striking of one body against another.

peremptory –  Precluding question or appeal.

perennial –  Continuing though the year or through many years.

perfectible –  Capable of being made perfect.

perfidy –  Treachery.

perforate –  To make a hole or holes through.

perform –  To accomplish.

perfumery –  The preparation of perfumes.

perfunctory –  Half-hearted.

perhaps –  Possibly.

perigee –  The point in the orbit of the moon when it is nearest the earth.

periodicity –  The habit or characteristic of recurrence at regular intervals.

peripatetic –  Walking about.

perjure –  To swear falsely to.

perjury –  A solemn assertion of a falsity.

permanence –  A continuance in the same state, or without any change that destroys the essential form or nature.

permanent –  Durable.

permeate –  To pervade.

permissible –  That may be allowed.

permutation –  Reciprocal change, different ordering of same items.

pernicious –  Tending to kill or hurt.

perpendicular –  Straight up and down.

perpetrator –  The doer of a wrong or a criminal act.

perpetuate –  To preserve from extinction or oblivion.

perquisite –  Any profit from service beyond the amount fixed as salary or wages.

persecution –  Harsh or malignant oppression.

perseverance –  A persistence in purpose and effort.

persevere –  To continue striving in spite of discouragements.

persiflage –  Banter.

persist –  To continue steadfast against opposition.

persistence –  A fixed adherence to a resolve, course of conduct, or the like.

personage –  A man or woman as an individual, especially one of rank or high station.

personal –  Not general or public.

personality –  The attributes, taken collectively, that make up the character and nature of an individual.

personnel –  The force of persons collectively employed in some service.

perspective –  The relative importance of facts or matters from any special point of view.

perspicacious –  Astute.

perspicacity –  Acuteness or discernment.

perspicuous –  Lucid.

perspiration –  Sweat.

perspire –  To excrete through the pores of the skin.

persuade –  To win the mind of by argument, eloquence, evidence, or reflection.

persuadable –  capable of influencing to action by entreaty, statement, or anything that moves the feelings.

pertinacious –  Persistent or unyielding.

pertinacity –  Unyielding adherence.

pertinent –  Relevant.

perturb –  To disturb greatly.

perturbation –  Mental excitement or confusion.

perusal –  The act of reading carefully or thoughtfully.

pervade –  To pass or spread through every part.

pervasion –  The state of spreading through every part.

pervasive –  Thoroughly penetrating or permeating.

perverse –  Unreasonable.

perversion –  Diversion from the true meaning or proper purpose.

perversity –  Wickedness.

pervert –  One who has forsaken a doctrine regarded as true for one esteemed false.

pervious –  Admitting the entrance or passage of another substance.

pestilence –  A raging epidemic.

pestilent –  Having a malign influence or effect.

pestilential –  having the nature of or breeding pestilence.

peter –  To fail or lose power, efficiency, or value.

petrify –  To convert into a substance of stony hardness and character.

petulance –  The character or condition of being impatient, capricious or petulant.

petulant –  Displaying impatience.

pharmacopoeia –  A book containing the formulas and methods of preparation of medicines for the use of druggists.

pharmacy –  The art or business of compounding and dispensing medicines.

phenomenal –  Extraordinary or marvelous.

phenomenon –  Any unusual occurrence.

philander –  To play at courtship with a woman.

philanthropic –  Benevolent.

philanthropist –  One who endeavors to help his fellow men.

philanthropy –  Active humanitarianism.

philately –  The study and collection of stamps.

philharmonic –  Fond of music.

philogynist –  One who is fond of women.

philologist –  An expert in linguistics.

philology –  The study of language in connection with history and literature.

philosophize –  To seek ultimate causes and principles.

philosophy –  The general principles, laws, or causes that furnish the rational explanation of anything.

phlegmatic –  Not easily roused to feeling or action.

phonetic –  Representing articulate sounds or speech.

phonic –  Pertaining to the nature of sound.

phonogram –  A graphic character symbolizing an articulate sound.

phonology –  The science of human vocal sounds.

phosphorescence –  The property of emitting light.

photoelectric –  Pertaining to the combined action of light and electricity.

photometer –  Any instrument for measuring the intensity of light or comparing the intensity of two lights.

photometry –  The art of measuring the intensity of light.

physicist –  A specialist in the science that treats of the phenomena associated with matter and energy.

physics –  The science that treats of the phenomena associated with matter and energy.

physiocracy –  The doctrine that land and its products are the only true wealth.

physiognomy –  The external appearance merely.

physiography –  Description of nature.

physiology –  The science of organic functions.

physique –  The physical structure or organization of a person.

picayune –  Of small value.

piccolo –  A small flute.

piece –  A loose or separated part, as distinguished from the whole or the mass.

piecemeal –  Gradually.

pillage –  Open robbery, as in war.

pillory –  A wooden framework in which an offender is fastened to boards and is exposed to public scorn.

pincers –  An instrument having two lever-handles and two jaws working on a pivot.

pinchers –  An instrument having two jaws working on a pivot.

pinnacle –  A high or topmost point, as a mountain-peak.

pioneer –  One among the first to explore a country.

pious –  Religious.

pique –  To excite a slight degree of anger in.

piteous –  Compassionate.

pitiable –  Contemptible.

pitiful –  Wretched.

pitiless –  Hard-hearted.

pittance –  Any small portion or meager allowance.

placate –  To bring from a state of angry or hostile feeling to one of patience or friendliness.

placid –  Serene.

plagiarism –  The stealing of passages from the writings of another and publishing them as one’s own.

planisphere –  A polar projection of the heavens on a chart.

plasticity –  The property of some substances through which the form of the mass can readily be changed.

platitude –  A written or spoken statement that is flat, dull, or commonplace.

plaudit –  An expression of applause.

plausible –  Seeming likely to be true, though open to doubt.

playful –  Frolicsome.

playwright –  A maker of plays for the stage.

plea –  An argument to obtain some desired action.

pleasant –  Agreeable.

pleasurable –  Affording gratification.

plebeian –  Common.

pledgee –  The person to whom anything is pledged.

pledgeor –  One who gives a pledge.

plenary –  Entire.

plenipotentiary –  A person fully empowered to transact any business.

plenitude –  Abundance.

plenteous –  Abundant.

plumb –  A weight suspended by a line to test the verticality of something.

plummet –  A piece of lead for making soundings, adjusting walls to the vertical.

pluperfect –  Expressing past time or action prior to some other past time or action.

plural –  Containing or consisting of more than one.

plurality –  A majority.

plutocracy –  A wealthy class in a political community who control the government by means of their money.

pneumatic –  Pertaining to or consisting of air or gas.

poesy –  Poetry.

poetaster –  An inferior poet.

poetic –  Pertaining to poetry.

poetics –  The rules and principles of poetry.

poignancy –  Severity or acuteness, especially of pain or grief.

poignant –  Severely painful or acute to the spirit.

poise –  Equilibrium.

polar –  Pertaining to the poles of a sphere, especially of the earth.

polemics –  The art of controversy or disputation.

pollen –  The fine dust-like grains or powder formed within the anther of a flowering plant.

pollute –  To contaminate.

polyarchy –  Government by several or many persons of what- ever class.

polycracy –  The rule of many.

polygamy –  the fact or condition of having more than one wife or husband at once.

polyglot –  Speaking several tongues.

polygon –  A figure having many angles.

polyhedron –  A solid bounded by plane faces, especially by more than four.

polysyllable –  Having several syllables, especially more than three syllables.

polytechnic –  Pertaining to, embracing, or practicing many arts.

polytheism –  The doctrine or belief that there are more gods than one.

pommel –  To beat with something thick or bulky.

pomposity –  The quality of being marked by an assumed stateliness and impressiveness of manner.

pompous –  Marked by an assumed stateliness and impressiveness of manner.

ponder –  To meditate or reflect upon.

ponderous –  Unusually weighty or forcible.

pontiff –  The Pope.

populace –  The common people.

populous –  Containing many inhabitants, especially in proportion to the territory.

portend –  To indicate as being about to happen, especially by previous signs.

portent –  Anything that indicates what is to happen.

portfolio –  A portable case for holding writing-materials, drawings, etc.

posit –  To present in an orderly manner.

position –  The manner in which a thing is placed.

positive –  Free from doubt or hesitation.

posse –  A force of men.

possess –  To own.

possession –  The having, holding, or detention of property in one’s power or command.

possessive –  Pertaining to the having, holding, or detention of property in one’s power or command.

possessor –  One who owns, enjoys, or controls anything, as property.

possible –  Being not beyond the reach of power natural, moral, or supernatural.

postdate –  To make the date of any writing later than the real date.

posterior –  The hinder part.

postgraduate –  Pertaining to studies that are pursued after receiving a degree.

postscript –  Something added to a letter after the writer’s signature.

potency –  Power.

potent –  Physically powerful.

potentate –  One possessed of great power or sway.

potential –  Anything that may be possible.

potion –  A dose of liquid medicine.

powerless –  Impotent.

practicable –  Feasible.

prate –  To talk about vainly or foolishly.

prattle –  To utter in simple or childish talk.

preamble –  A statement introductory to and explanatory of what follows.

precarious –  Perilous.

precaution –  A provision made in advance for some possible emergency or danger.

precede –  To happen first.

precedence –  Priority in place, time, or rank.

precedent –  An instance that may serve as a guide or basis for a rule.

precedential –  Of the nature of an instance that may serve as a guide or basis for a rule.

precession –  The act of going forward.

precipice –  A high and very steep or approximately vertical cliff.

precipitant –  Moving onward quickly and heedlessly.

precipitate –  To force forward prematurely.

precise –  Exact.

precision –  Accuracy of limitation, definition, or adjustment.

preclude –  To prevent.

precocious –  Having the mental faculties prematurely developed.

precursor –  A forerunner or herald.

predatory –  Prone to pillaging.

predecessor –  An incumbent of a given office previous to another.

predicament –  A difficult, trying situation or plight.

predicate –  To state as belonging to something.

predict –  To foretell.

prediction –  A prophecy.

predominance –  Ascendancy or preponderance.

predominant –  Superior in power, influence, effectiveness, number, or degree.

predominate –  To be chief in importance, quantity, or degree.

preeminence –  Special eminence.

preempt –  To secure the right of preference in the purchase of public land.

preemption –  The right or act of purchasing before others.

preengage –  To preoccupy.

preestablish –  To settle or arrange beforehand.

preexist –  To exist at a period or in a state earlier than something else.

preexistence –  Existence antecedent to something.

preface –  A brief explanation or address to the reader, at the beginning of a book.

prefatory –  Pertaining to a brief explanation to the reader at the beginning of a book.

prefer –  To hold in higher estimation.

preferable –  More desirable than others.

preference –  An object of favor or choice.

preferential –  Possessing, giving, or constituting preference or priority.

preferment –  Preference.

prefix –  To attach at the beginning.

prehensible –  Capable of being grasped.

prehensile –  Adapted for grasping or holding.

prehension –  The act of laying hold of or grasping.

prejudice –  A judgment or opinion formed without due examination of the facts.

prelacy –  A system of church government.

prelate –  One of a higher order of clergy having direct authority over other clergy.

prelude –  An introductory or opening performance.

premature –  Coming too soon.

premier –  First in rank or position.

premise –  A judgment as a conclusion.

premonition –  Foreboding.

preoccupation –  The state of having the mind, attention, or inclination preoccupied.

preoccupy –  To fill the mind of a person to the exclusion of other subjects.

preordain –  To foreordain.

preparation –  An act or proceeding designed to bring about some event.

preparatory –  Having to do with what is preliminary.

preponderant –  Prevalent.

preponderate –  To exceed in influence or power.

prepossession –  A preconceived liking.

preposterous –  Utterly ridiculous or absurd.

prerogative –  Having superior rank or precedence.

presage –  To foretell.

prescience –  Knowledge of events before they take place.

prescient –  Foreknowing.

prescript –  Prescribed as a rule or model.

prescriptible –  Derived from authoritative direction.

prescription –  An authoritative direction.

presentient –  Perceiving or feeling beforehand.

presentiment –  Foreboding.

presentment –  Semblance.

preservation –  Conservation.

presumption –  That which may be logically assumed to be true until disproved.

presumptuous –  Assuming too much.

pretension –  A bold or presumptuous assertion.

pretentious –  Marked by pretense, conceit, or display.

preternatural –  Extraordinary.

pretext –  A fictitious reason or motive.

prevalence –  Frequency.

prevalent –  Of wide extent or frequent occurrence.

prevaricate –  To use ambiguous or evasive language for the purpose of deceiving or diverting attention.

prevention –  Thwarting.

prickle –  To puncture slightly with fine, sharp points.

priggish –  Conceited.

prim –  Stiffly proper.

prima –  First.

primer –  An elementary reading-book for children.

primeval –  Belonging to the first ages.

primitive –  Pertaining to the beginning or early times.

principal –  Most important.

principality –  The territory of a reigning prince.

principle –  A general truth or proposition.

priory –  A monastic house.

pristine –  Primitive.

privateer –  A vessel owned and officered by private persons, but carrying on maritime war.

privilege –  A right or immunity not enjoyed by all, or that may be enjoyed only under special conditions.

privity –  Knowledge shared with another or others regarding a private matter.

privy –  Participating with another or others in the knowledge of a secret transaction.

probate –  Relating to making proof, as of a will.

probation –  Any proceeding designed to ascertain or test character, qualification, or the like.

probe –  To search through and through.

probity –  Virtue or integrity tested and confirmed.

procedure –  A manner or method of acting.

proceed –  To renew motion or action, as after rest or interruption.

proclamation –  Any announcement made in a public manner.

procrastinate –  To put off till tomorrow or till a future time.

procrastination –  Delay.

proctor –  An agent acting for another.

prodigal –  One wasteful or extravagant, especially in the use of money or property.

prodigious –  Immense.

prodigy –  A person or thing of very remarkable gifts or qualities.

productive –  Yielding in abundance.

profession –  Any calling or occupation involving special mental or other special disciplines.

professor –  A public teacher of the highest grade in a university or college.

proffer –  To offer to another for acceptance.

proficiency –  An advanced state of acquirement, as in some knowledge, art, or science.

proficient –  Possessing ample and ready knowledge or of skill in any art, science, or industry.

profile –  An outline or contour.

profiteer –  One who profits.

profligacy –  Shameless viciousness.

profligate –  Abandoned to vice.

profuse –  Produced or displayed in overabundance.

progeny –  Offspring.

progression –  A moving forward or proceeding in course.

prohibition –  A decree or an order forbidding something.

prohibitionist –  One who favors the prohibition by law of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages.

prohibitory –  Involving or equivalent to prohibition, especially of the sale of alcoholic beverages.

projection –  A prominence.

proletarian –  A person of the lowest or poorest class.

prolific –  Producing offspring or fruit.

prolix –  Verbose.

prologue –  A prefatory statement or explanation to a poem, discourse, or performance.

prolong –  To extend in time or duration.

promenade –  To walk for amusement or exercise.

prominence –  The quality of being noticeable or distinguished.

prominent –  Conspicuous in position, character, or importance.

promiscuous –  Brought together without order, distinction, or design (for sex).

promissory –  Expressing an engagement to pay.

promontory –  A high point of land extending outward from the coastline into the sea.

promoter –  A furtherer, forwarder, or encourager.

promulgate –  To proclaim.

propaganda –  Any institution or systematic scheme for propagating a doctrine or system.

propagate –  To spread abroad or from person to person.

propel –  To drive or urge forward.

propellant –  Propelling.

propeller –  One who or that which propels.

prophecy –  Any prediction or foretelling.

prophesy –  To predict or foretell, especially under divine inspiration and guidance.

propitious –  Kindly disposed.

proportionate –  Being in proportion.

propriety –  Accordance with recognized usage, custom, or principles.

propulsion –  A driving onward or forward.

prosaic –  Unimaginative.

proscenium –  That part of the stage between the curtain and the orchestra.

proscribe –  To reject, as a teaching or a practice, with condemnation or denunciation.

proscription –  Any act of condemnation and rejection from favor and privilege.

proselyte –  One who has been won over from one religious belief to another.

prosody –  The science of poetical forms.

prospector –  One who makes exploration, search, or examination, especially for minerals.

prospectus –  A paper or pamphlet containing information of a proposed undertaking.

prostrate –  Lying prone, or with the head to the ground.

protagonist –  A leader in any enterprise or contest.

protection –  Preservation from harm, danger, annoyance, or any other evil.

protective –  Sheltering.

protector –  A defender.

protégé –  One specially cared for and favored by another usually older person.

Protestant –  A Christian who denies the authority of the Pope and holds the right of special judgment.

protomartyr –  The earliest victim in any cause.

protocol –  A declaration or memorandum of agreement less solemn and formal than a treaty.

protoplasm –  The substance that forms the principal portion of an animal or vegetablecell.

prototype –  A work, original in character, afterward imitated in form or spirit.

protract –  To prolong.

protrude –  To push out or thrust forth.

protrusion –  The act of protruding.

protuberance –  Something that swells out from a surrounding surface.

protuberant –  Bulging.

protuberate –  To swell or bulge beyond the surrounding surface.

proverb –  A brief, pithy saying, condensing in witty or striking form the wisdom of experience.

provident –  Anticipating and making ready for future wants or emergencies.

providential –  Effected by divine guidance.

provincial –  Uncultured in thought and manner.

proviso –  A clause in a contract, will, etc., by which its operation is rendered conditional.

provocation –  An action or mode of conduct that excites resentment.

prowess –  Strength, skill, and intrepidity in battle.

proximately –  Immediately.

proxy –  A person who is empowered by another to represent him or her in a given matter.

prudence –  Caution.

prudential –  Proceeding or marked by caution.

prudery –  An undue display of modesty or delicacy.

prurient –  Inclined to lascivious thoughts and desires.

pseudapostle –  A pretended or false apostle.

pseudonym –  A fictitious name, especially when assumed by a writer.

pseudonymity –  The state or character of using a fictitious name.

psychiatry –  The branch of medicine that relates to mental disease.

psychic –  Pertaining to the mind or soul.

psychopathic –  Morally irresponsible.

psychotherapy –  The treatment of mental disease.

pudgy –  Small and fat.

puerile –  Childish.

pugnacious –  Quarrelsome.

puissant –  Possessing strength.

pulmonary –  Pertaining to the lungs.

punctilious –  Strictly observant of the rules or forms prescribed by law or custom.

punctual –  Observant and exact in points of time.

pungent –  Affecting the sense of smell.

pungency –  The quality of affecting the sense of smell.

punitive –  Pertaining to punishment.

pupilage –  The state or period of being a student.

purgatory –  An intermediate state where souls are made fit for paradise or heaven by expiatory suffering.

purl –  To cause to whirl, as in an eddy.

purloin –  To steal.

purport –  Intent.

purveyor –  one who supplies

pusillanimous –  Without spirit or bravery.

putrescent –  Undergoing decomposition of animal or vegetable matter accompanied by fetid odors.

pyre –  A heap of combustibles arranged for burning a dead body.

pyromania –  An insane propensity to set things on fire.

pyrotechnic –  Pertaining to fireworks or their manufacture.

pyx –  A vessel or casket, usually of precious metal, in which

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