P palatable Good enough to eat or drink They could make powdered eggs into palatable omelets. pallid Very pale, in a way that looks unhealthy and not attractive Next to his tanned face, hers seemed pallid and unhealthy. palpable so obvious that it can easily be seen or known, or (of a feeling) so strong that it seems as if it can be touched or physically felt palpitate (of the heart) to beat very fast and in a way that is not regular My heart was palpitating with fear. panache A stylish, original, and very confident way of doing things that makes people admire you: paradigm A model of something, or a very clear and typical example of something: Some of these educators are hoping to produce a change in the current cultural paradigm. paragon A person or thing that is perfect or has an extremely large amount of a particular good characteristic parity Equality, especially of pay or position Firefighters are demanding pay parity with police. parochial Relating to a parish (= an area that has its own church or priest): parochial boundaries paroxysm A sudden and powerful expression of strong feeling, especially one that you cannot control parry to defend yourself from a weapon or an attack by pushing the weapon away or by putting something between your body and the weapon parsimonious Not willing to spend money or give something: She's too parsimonious to heat the house properly. patently In a way that is clear It's patently obvious that he doesn't care. paucity The fact that there is too little of something There is a paucity of information on the ingredients of many cosmetics. pecuniary Relating to money pecuniary interest/loss/benefit a pecuniary matter peevish Easily annoyed A peevish, bad-tempered person penchant A liking for or a habit of doing something, esp. something that other people might not like: perfidy Behaviour that is not loyal perpetrate To commit a crime or a violent or harmful act Federal soldiers have been accused of perpetrating atrocities against innocent people. perverse strange and not what most people would expect or enjoy She took a perverse pleasure in hearing that her sister was getting divorced. petulant Easily annoyed and complaining in a rude way like a child picayune Having little value or importance The misery suffered in this war makes your own problems seem pretty picayune. pious Strongly believing in religion, and living in a way that shows this belief: She is a pious follower of the faith, never missing her prayers. pithy (of speech or writing) expressing an idea cleverly in a few words: a pithy remark plaintive Used to describe something that sounds slightly sad: the plaintive sound of the bagpipes plebeian Belonging to a low social class He retained a plebeian taste in food and drink. plethora A very large amount of something, especially a larger amount than you need, want, or can deal with plunder To steal goods violently from a place, especially during a war: Tragically, the graves were plundered and the contents scattered. ponderous Slow and awkward because of being very heavy or large He had a slow and ponderous manner. portend To be a sign that something bad is likely to happen in the future potable Clean and safe to drink potable water potion A liquid that is believed to have a magical effect on someone who drinks it a love/magic potion predilection A strong liking or preference a predilection for spicy foods predisposed To be more likely than other people to have a medical condition or to behave in a particular way: prelusory Providing support or help Campaigning to change government policy is ancillary to the charity's direct relief work. prepossessing Interesting, attractive, or impressive He wasn't a very prepossessing sort of person. presence The fact that someone or something is in a place She was overawed by the presence of so many people. prevaricate To avoid telling the truth or saying exactly what you think He accused the minister of prevaricating. proclivity the fact that someone likes something or likes to do something, especially something considered morally wrong: prodigious Extremely great in ability, amount, or strength: She wrote a truly prodigious number of novels. prodigy Someone with a very great ability that usually shows itself when that person is a young child: progeny The young or offspring of a person, animal, or plant: His numerous progeny are scattered all over the country. prognosis A doctor’s judgment of the likely or expected development of a disease, or a statement of what the likely future situation is: prolific Producing a great number or amount of something: He was probably the most prolific songwriter of his generation. prone Likely to do, get, or suffer from something: As a child, he was prone to ear infections. propinquity The fact of being near something Don't let geographical propinquity determine your choice. propitious Likely to result in success, or showing signs of success With the economy in recession, it was not a propitious time to start a company. propriety Correct moral behaviour or actions She was careful always to behave with propriety. protract Lasting for a long time or made to last longer than necessary a protracted argument/discussion proviso A statement in an agreement, saying that a particular thing must happen before another can pseudonym A name someone uses instead of their real name, especially on a written work She writes under a pseudonym. puerile Behaving in a silly way, not like an adult I find his sense of humour rather puerile. pugnacious Wanting to start an argument or fight, or expressing an argument or opinion very forcefully punitive Intended as a punishment The UN has imposed punitive sanctions on the invading country. purloined To steal something I was using a pen that I'd purloined from the office.