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pachyderm
pacifist
pacify
paean
painstaking
painting
palatable
palatial
palette
palimpsest
pall
palliate
pallid
palpable
palpitate
paltry
panacea
panache
pandemic
pandemonium
pander
panegyric
panoramic
pantomime
papyrus
parable
paradigm
parallelism
paramount
paraphernalia
paraphrase
parch
pare
parity
parliamentary
parochial
parody
paroxysm
parry
parsimonious
parsimony
partial
partiality
partisan
partition
passive
pastel
pastiche
pastoral
pasture
patent
pathogenic
pathos
patina
patriarch
patrician
patriotic
paucity
pauper
peccadillo
peculate
peculiarity
pecuniary
pedagogy
pedant
pedantic
peer
peerless
pejorative
pellucid
penitent
pensive
penury
perceptive
percolate
percussion
perdition
peregrination
peremptory
perennial
perfection
perfidious
perforate
performer
perfunctory
peripheral
periphery
permeable
permeate
pernicious
perpetrate
perpetuate
perquisite
perseverance
persistence
personnel
perspicacious
pert
pertinacious
pertinent
perturb
peruse
pervasive
pessimism
pet
petrifaction
petrify
phalanx
phenomena
phenomenally
philanderer
philanthropist
philistine
philology
phlegmatic
photosphere
phylum
physiological
picaresque
piebald
piecemeal
pied
piety
pigment
pile
pilfer
pillage
pine
pineapple
pinnacle
pioneering
pious
piquant
pique
pitfall
pithy
pittance
placate
placebo
placid
plagiarism
plagiarize
plague
plaintive
plantation
plasticity
plate
plateau
platitude
platitudinous
plaudit
plebeian
plenitude
plethora
pliable
pliant
plod
plow
plucky
plumage
plumbing
plummet
plunge
plutocracy
podiatrist
poignancy
polarize
polemical
politic
pollen
pollinate
pollinator
polygamist
polyglot
polygonal
pomposity
ponderous
pontifical
pore
porous
portend
portent
portentous
portly
poseur
posit
positive
post
posthumous
postoperative
postpone
postulate
potable
potentate
potential
potentiality
poverty
practicable
pragmatist
prate
prattle
preamble
precept
precipice
precipitate
precipitous
precis
precision
preclude
precocious
precursor
predecessor
predetermine
predictable
predilection
predispose
preeminent
preempt
preen
preferable
pregnant
prehensile
prelate
prelude
premeditate
premium
presage
prescience
presentiment
prestidigitation
prestige
prestigious
preternatural
pretext
prevail
prevalent
prevaricate
prey
prim
prime
primeval
primp
privation
probe
proceed
proclivity
procrastinate
prodigious
profane
professional
professionalism
proffer
profligate
profusion
progenitor
progeny
progressive
prohibitive
prohibitively
projectile
projecting
proletarian
proliferate
proliferation
prolific
prolixity
prologue
promiscuous
promontory
promote
promulgate
prone
pronghorn
proof
propagate
propel
propellant
propensity
prophetic
propinquity
propitiate
propitious
proponent
propound
propriety
propulsive
prosaic
proscribe
prose
proselytize
prosper
prosperity
prostrate
protean
protege
protest
protract
protrude
protruding
protuberance
provident
provisional
prurient
pseudonym
pterodactyl
puerile
pugilist
pugnacity
puissant
pulchritude
pulp
pulverize
pummel
pump
punctilious
pundit
pungent
purloin
purported
pursue
purveyor
pusillanimous
putrid
puzzling
pyromania


pachyderm: Read  any of various large, thick-skinned, hoofed mammals, as elephant

pacifist: Read  one opposed to force; antimilitarist

pacify: Read  ease anger or agitation of; make calm or quiet; end war or violence

paean: Read  song of praise or joy; loud and joyous song; song of triumph

painstaking: Read  extremely careful and diligent work or effort; taking of pains

painting: Read  drawing; picture or design in paint; action of applying paint to a surface

palatable: Read  acceptable; sufficiently agreeable in flavor to be eaten

palatial: Read  of nature of palace, as in spaciousness or ornateness

palette: Read  board on which painter mixes pigments

palimpsest: Read  manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely erased

pall: Read  grow tiresome; have dulling, wearisome, or boring effect

palliate: Read  lessen violence of disease; moderate intensity; gloss over with excuses

pallid: Read  abnormally pale; lacking intensity of color or luminousness

palpable: Read  tangible; easily perceptible; unmistakable

palpitate: Read  beat rapidly; shake with fast, tremulous movements

paltry: Read  insignificant; lacking in importance or worth; worthless

panacea: Read  remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all

panache: Read  distinctive and stylish elegance; a bunch of feathers or plume, especially on a helmet

pandemic: Read  widespread; affecting majority of people

pandemonium: Read  state of extreme confusion and disorder; very noisy place

pander: Read  offer illicit sex with third party; tempt with or appeal to improper motivations

panegyric: Read  formal or high praise; formal eulogistic composition intended as public compliment

panoramic: Read  related to unobstructed and comprehensive view; with a wide view

pantomime: Read  communication by means of gesture and facial expression

papyrus: Read  ancient paper made from stem of plant

parable: Read  short, simple story teaching moral or religious lesson

paradigm: Read  one that serves as a pattern or model; system of assumptions, concepts, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

parallelism: Read  state of being parallel; similarity in aspect, course, or tendency

paramount: Read  foremost in importance; supreme in rank

paraphernalia: Read  personal ornaments or accessories, as of attire; articles used in particular activity

paraphrase: Read  restate text in one's own words, especially to clarify thought of others

parch: Read  burn surface of; roast over fire, as dry grain; dry to extremity

pare: Read  remove outer covering or skin of with knife or similar instrument

parity: Read  equality in status or amount; similarity or close

parliamentary: Read  having the supreme legislative power

parochial: Read  narrow in outlook; related to local church community

parody: Read  work or performance that imitates another work or performance with ridicule or irony; make fun of

paroxysm: Read  sudden outburst of emotion or action; sudden attack, recurrence, or intensification of a disease

parry: Read  avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing

parsimonious: Read  excessively unwilling to spend; excessively sparing or frugal

parsimony: Read  extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily

partial: Read  incomplete; fragmentary; favoring one person or side over another or others

partiality: Read  inclination; favorable prejudice or bias; special fondness

partisan: Read  one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party

partition: Read  divide into parts, pieces, or sections

passive: Read  lacking in energy or will; peacefully resistant in response to injustice

pastel: Read  any of various pale or light colors; lacking in body or vigor

pastiche: Read  imitation of another's style in musical composition or in writing

pastoral: Read  rural; relating to shepherds or herders; relating to the country or country life

pasture: Read  field covered with grass; meadow

patent: Read  grant made by government to creator the sole right; invention protected by grant

pathogenic: Read  able to cause disease; producing disease

pathos: Read  tender sorrow; pity; quality in art or literature that produces these feelings

patina: Read  green crust on old bronze works; tone slowly taken by varnished painting

patriarch: Read  father and ruler of family or tribe

patrician: Read  belong to noble origin; having high birth

patriotic: Read  inspired by love for one's country

paucity: Read  scarcity; smallness of number; fewness

pauper: Read  very poor person; one living on or eligible for public charity

peccadillo: Read  slight offense; small sin or fault

peculate: Read  embezzle; appropriate fraudulently to one's own use; steal public moneys intrusted to one's care

peculiarity: Read  eccentricity; oddness; an odd or unusual characteristic; private ownership; proprietorship

pecuniary: Read  relating to money; requiring payment of money

pedagogy: Read  teaching; art of education; science of teaching

pedant: Read  one who is overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning

pedantic: Read  marked by narrow focus on or display of learning, especially formal rules and trivial points

peer: Read  gaze; stare; look searchingly; company with

peerless: Read  having no equal; incomparable

pejorative: Read  tending to make or become worse; disparaging or belittling

pellucid: Read  transparent; limpid; easy to understand

penitent: Read  feeling or expressing deep regret for misdeeds

pensive: Read  deeply, often dreamily thoughtful; engaged in serious thought or reflection; contemplative

penury: Read  extreme poverty; lack of something; barrenness; insufficiency

perceptive: Read  insightful; aware; wise; having the ability to perceive

percolate: Read  spread gradually; cause liquid to pass through small holes; filter

percussion: Read  striking one object against another sharply

perdition: Read  entire ruin; utter destruction, especially, utter loss of soul, or of final happiness in future

peregrination: Read  travel or journey, especially by foot, notably by pilgrim

peremptory: Read  offensively self-assured; dictatorial; not allowing contradiction or refusal

perennial: Read  lasting indefinitely long time; suggesting self-renewal; remaining active throughout all the time

perfection: Read  flawlessness; excellence; state of being without flaw or defect

perfidious: Read  tending to betray; disloyal; faithless

perforate: Read  pierce, punch, or bore hole or holes in; penetrate

performer: Read  entertainer; who performs or takes part in a play or performance of any kind

perfunctory: Read  done routinely and with little interest or care; acting with indifference; showing little interest or care

peripheral: Read  located in outer boundary; unimportant; auxiliary

periphery: Read  edge, especially of a round surface; surface of a solid; circumference

permeable: Read  penetrable; porous; allowing liquids or gas to pass through

permeate: Read  spread or flow throughout; pervade

pernicious: Read  very destructive; tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly

perpetrate: Read  be responsible for; commit; do execute or perform, generally in bad sense

perpetuate: Read  make something last; preserve from extinction

perquisite: Read  any gain above stipulated salary; extra payment

perseverance: Read  endurance; steady persistence in adhering to a course of action

persistence: Read  endurance; tenacity; state or quality of being persistent; persistency

personnel: Read  group of people willing to obey orders

perspicacious: Read  having keen insight; mentally perceptive; astute

pert: Read  improperly forward or bold; trim and stylish in appearance

pertinacious: Read  stubbornly or perversely persistent; unyielding; obstinate

pertinent: Read  having precise or logical relevance; pertaining or relating

perturb: Read  disturb greatly; make uneasy or anxious; throw into great confusion

peruse: Read  read or examine, typically with great care

pervasive: Read  pervading; spread throughout every part

pessimism: Read  belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess

pet: Read  animal kept for amusement or companionship

petrifaction: Read  process of turning some plant material into stone

petrify: Read  convert wood or other organic matter into stony replica; cause to become stiff or stonelike

phalanx: Read  compact or close knit group of people, animals, or things

phenomena: Read  observable facts; subjects of scientific investigation

phenomenally: Read  in a manner that is extraordinary or amazing

philanderer: Read  faithless lover; fickle lover; flirt, usually applies only to men

philanthropist: Read  person who loves mankind in general; very generous person or institution

philistine: Read  narrow-minded person, uncultured and exclusively interested in material gain

philology: Read  study of language; investigation of language and its literature

phlegmatic: Read  calm; not easily disturbed; not easily excited to action or passion

photosphere: Read  intensely luminous surface of a star ,especially the sun

phylum: Read  major class of plants; primary branch of animal kingdom; division

physiological: Read  pertaining to science of the function of living organisms

picaresque: Read  involving clever rogues or adventurers

piebald: Read  mottled; spotted or patched, especially in black and white

piecemeal: Read  by a small amount at a time; in stages; gradually

pied: Read  having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly; multicolored

piety: Read  religious devotion and reverence to God; devout act, thought, or statement; godliness

pigment: Read  substance used as coloring; dry coloring matter

pile: Read  large timber or post; heap; hair; fiber of wool, cotton; head of an arrow or spear

pilfer: Read  steal in small quantities, or articles of small value; practice petty theft

pillage: Read  rob of goods by force, especially in time of war; plunder; take as spoils

pine: Read  have desire for something or someone; yearn; grieve or mourn for

pineapple: Read  large sweet fleshy tropical fruit with a terminal tuft of stiff leaves

pinnacle: Read  peak; tall pointed formation, such as mountain peak

pioneering: Read  initial; groundbreaking; originating; serving to pioneer

pious: Read  devout; religious; exhibiting strict, traditional sense of virtue and morality

piquant: Read  pleasantly tart-tasting; stimulating; charming or attractive

pique: Read  sudden outburst of anger; state of vexation caused by a perceived slight or indignity

pitfall: Read  hidden danger; concealed trap; hidden hazard

pithy: Read  precisely meaningful; forceful and brief

pittance: Read  very small portion or allowance assigned, whether of food or money

placate: Read  appease or pacify; bring peace to

placebo: Read  harmless substance prescribed as a dummy pill

placid: Read  peaceful; tranquil; calm or quiet

plagiarism: Read  theft of another's ideas or writings passed off as original

plagiarize: Read  steal another's ideas and pass them off as one's own

plague: Read  epidemic disease with a high death rate; annoyance

plaintive: Read  expressing sorrow ;mournful or melancholy; sad

plantation: Read  farm; an area under cultivation; a group of cultivated trees or plants

plasticity: Read  ability to be molded, formed, or modeled; quality or state of being plastic

plate: Read  flat piece of metal; thick sheet of metal; small, usually circular, vessel of metal or wood for food table

plateau: Read  highland; upland; relatively flat highland

platitude: Read  dullness; insipidity of thought; commonplace statement; lack of originality

platitudinous: Read  dull and tiresome; commonplace

plaudit: Read  enthusiastically worded approval; round of applause

plebeian: Read  crude or coarse; unrefined or coarse in nature or manner; common or vulgar

plenitude: Read  abundance; completeness; ample amount or quantity

plethora: Read  excess; over-fullness in any respect; superabundance

pliable: Read  flexible; yielding; easily bent or shaped

pliant: Read  flexible; easily influenced; easily bent or flexed; pliable

plod: Read  move or walk heavily or laboriously; travel slowly but steadily

plow: Read  farm implement consisting of a heavy blade at the end of a beam

plucky: Read  having or showing courage and spirit in trying circumstances

plumage: Read  covering of feathers on bird; feathers used ornamentally; elaborate dress

plumbing: Read  installing and repairing pipes and fixtures for water or gas or sewage in a building

plummet: Read  fall straight down; plunge; decline suddenly and steeply

plunge: Read  dive; submerge; become suddenly lower; decrease dramatically; throw oneself into a substance or place

plutocracy: Read  society or government ruled by wealthy class

podiatrist: Read  doctor who specializes in diagnosis and treatment of foot ailments

poignancy: Read  state of deeply felt distress or sorrow; keenness of emotion

polarize: Read  split into opposite extremes or camps

polemical: Read  aggressive in verbal attack; disputatious

politic: Read  expedient; artful, crafty or cunning; using, displaying, or proceeding from policy

pollen: Read  fine granular substance produced in flowers; fine bran or flour

pollinate: Read  fertilize by transferring pollen

pollinator: Read  insect that carries pollen from one flower to another

polygamist: Read  one who has more than one spouse at a time

polyglot: Read  speaking, writing, written in, or composed of several languages

polygonal: Read  having many sides or relating to a surface marked by polygons

pomposity: Read  excessive self-esteem or exaggerated dignity; acting like stuffed shirt

ponderous: Read  slow and laborious because of weight; labored and dull

pontifical: Read  pertaining to bishop or pope; having dignity or authority of bishop

pore: Read  gaze intently; stare; scrutinize; read or study carefully and attentively

porous: Read  full of pores; able to absorb fluids; full of tiny pores that allow fluids or gasses to pass through

portend: Read  foretell; serve as an omen or a warning of; indicate by prediction

portent: Read  omen; forewarning; something that portends an event about to occur, especially unfortunate or evil event

portentous: Read  full of unspecifiable significance; exciting wonder and awe; wonderful

portly: Read  inoffensive expression of fat; stout

poseur: Read  person who pretends to be sophisticated, elegant to impress others

posit: Read  assume existence of; put forward, as for consideration or study; suggest

positive: Read  involving advantage or good ; greater than zero; very sure; confident

post: Read  display announcement in a place of public view; publish on a list

posthumous: Read  after death, as of child born after father's death or book published after author's death

postoperative: Read  happening or done after a surgical operation

postpone: Read  hold back to a later time; delay; defer

postulate: Read  essential premise; underlying assumption

potable: Read  suitable for drinking; drinkable

potentate: Read  monarch; ruler who is unconstrained by law

potential: Read  existing in possibility; expected to become or be

potentiality: Read  inherent capacity for coming into being; an aptitude that may be developed

poverty: Read  lack of money; state of being poor; lack of the means of providing material needs or comforts

practicable: Read  feasible; capable of being effected, done, or put into practice

pragmatist: Read  who acts in response to particular situations rather than upon abstract ideals; one who acts in a practical or straightforward manner

prate: Read  speak foolishly; talk idly and at length; chatter

prattle: Read  speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly; talk artlessly and childishly

preamble: Read  introductory statement; introductory paragraph or division of discourse or writing

precept: Read  rule or principle prescribing particular action or conduct; authorized direction or order

precipice: Read  cliff; overhanging or extremely steep mass of rock; dangerous position

precipitate: Read  rash; moving rapidly and heedlessly; speeding headlong; occurring suddenly

precipitous: Read  extremely steep; descending rapidly, or rushing onward

precis: Read  concise summing up of main points

precision: Read  exactness; accuracy; number of significant digits to which a value has been reliably measured

preclude: Read  make impossible, as by action taken in advance; prevent; eliminate

precocious: Read  advanced in development; appearing or developing early

precursor: Read  forerunner; one who precedes an event and indicates its approach

predecessor: Read  former occupant of post; ancestor or forefather

predetermine: Read  determine, decide, or establish in advance; influence markedly

predictable: Read  expectable; likely; capable of being predicted or foretold

predilection: Read  condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; preference

predispose: Read  give inclination toward; make susceptible to; settle or dispose of in advance

preeminent: Read  outstanding; superior to or notable above all others

preempt: Read  appropriate, seize, or take for oneself before others; gain possession of by prior right or opportunity

preen: Read  make oneself tidy in appearance; feel self-satisfaction

preferable: Read  favored; better; more desirable or worthy than another; preferred

pregnant: Read  expecting a baby; carrying within the body or being about to produce new life

prehensile: Read  capable of grasping or holding; having keen intellect

prelate: Read  church dignitary; senior clergyman

prelude: Read  introduction; forerunner; preliminary or preface

premeditate: Read  plan, arrange, or plot in advance; deliberate upon future action

premium: Read  having or reflecting superior quality or value

presage: Read  foretell or predict; indicate or warn of in advance

prescience: Read  ability to foretell future; knowledge of actions or events before they occur; foresight

presentiment: Read  sense that something is about to occur; anticipatory fear; premonition

prestidigitation: Read  cleverly executed trick or deception; skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with hands

prestige: Read  impression produced by achievements or reputation; recognized distinction or importance

prestigious: Read  honored; respected; reputed; exerting influence by reason of high status

preternatural: Read  being beyond normal course of nature; differing from natural

pretext: Read  excuse; something serving to conceal plans; fictitious reason

prevail: Read  induce; be greater in strength or influence; triumph; win out

prevalent: Read  widespread; widely or commonly occurring, existing, accepted

prevaricate: Read  lie; stray from or evade truth; behave in evasive way such as to delay action

prey: Read  hunt or catch; victimize or make a profit at someone else's expense

prim: Read  very precise and formal; exceedingly proper

prime: Read  first in excellence, quality, or value; at the best stage; peak; first in degree or rank; chief

primeval: Read  ancient; primitive; belonging to the first or earliest age; original or ancient

primp: Read  become formal or affected in dress or manners; give neat appearance to

privation: Read  hardship; state of extreme poverty

probe: Read  explore with tools; investigate; search

proceed: Read  follow a certain course; move ahead; travel onward

proclivity: Read  inclination; natural tendency; readiness; facility of learning

procrastinate: Read  postpone or delay needlessly; put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness

prodigious: Read  impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous

profane: Read  violate; put to improper, unworthy, or degrading use; abuse

professional: Read  engaged in, or suitable for a profession

professionalism: Read  expertness characteristic of a professional person

proffer: Read  hold forth so that a person may take; offer for acceptance

profligate: Read  inclined to waste resources or behave extravagantly; wildly immoral

profusion: Read  overabundance; lavish or unrestrained expense

progenitor: Read  direct ancestor; originator of a line of descent; originator or founder

progeny: Read  one derived from another; offspring or descendant; result of creative effort, as product

progressive: Read  forward-looking; advancing; incremental

prohibitive: Read  tending to discourage; prohibiting; forbidding

prohibitively: Read  forbiddingly; in a prohibitive manner; so as to prohibit

projectile: Read  weapon that is thrown or projected; self-propelled missile, such as rocket; fired, thrown, or otherwise propelled object, such as bullet

projecting: Read  extending out above or beyond a surface or boundary

proletarian: Read  member of working class; blue collar person

proliferate: Read  grow rapidly; propagate; reproduce

proliferation: Read  rapid growth; spread; increase in size by reproduction

prolific: Read  producing offspring or fruit in great abundance; fertile

prolixity: Read  tedious wordiness; verbosity; great length; minute detail

prologue: Read  introduction, usually to a poem or play

promiscuous: Read  having casual sexual relations frequently with different partners; irregular, casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior

promontory: Read  natural elevation, especially a rock that projects into the sea; cliff; headland; high cape

promote: Read  help to flourish; advance in rank; publicize

promulgate: Read  proclaim doctrine or law; make known by official publication

prone: Read  inclined; lying face downward; having a tendency

pronghorn: Read  antelope-like ruminant of western North American plains with small branched horns

proof: Read  evidence; demonstration; statement or argument used in such a validation

propagate: Read  cause something to multiply or breed; cause to extend to broader area or larger number

propel: Read  drive forward; cause to move forward or onward; push

propellant: Read  something that propels or drives forward

propensity: Read  natural inclination; tendency or preference; predilection

prophetic: Read  foretelling events as if by divine inspiration

propinquity: Read  property of being close together; kinship; nearness; similarity in nature

propitiate: Read  make peace with; appease and render favorable

propitious: Read  presenting favorable circumstances; fortunate; advantageous

proponent: Read  one who argues in support of something; advocate; backer

propound: Read  put forward; offer for consideration or debate

propriety: Read  fitness; correct conduct; quality of being proper; appropriateness

propulsive: Read  driving forward; having power to propel

prosaic: Read  dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual

proscribe: Read  command against; banish; outlaw

prose: Read  essay; ordinary speech or writing; commonplace expression or quality

proselytize: Read  induce someone to convert to one's own religious faith

prosper: Read  flourish; thrive; gain in wealth; grow stronger

prosperity: Read  good fortune; financial success; physical well-being

prostrate: Read  put or throw flat with face down; cause to lie flat

protean: Read  versatile; able to take on many shapes; readily taking on varied shapes

protege: Read  person guided and protected by a more prominent person

protest: Read  expression of disagreement and disapproval; complain against

protract: Read  prolong; draw out or lengthen in time

protrude: Read  extend out or project in space; stick out

protruding: Read  extending out above or beyond a surface or boundary

protuberance: Read  something that bulges out; swelling or tumor on the body

provident: Read  displaying foresight; providing carefully for future; preparing for emergencies

provisional: Read  temporary; provided for present need only

prurient: Read  having or causing lustful thoughts and desires; having eager desire for something

pseudonym: Read  pen name; fictitious name used when someone performs a particular social role

pterodactyl: Read  extinct flying reptiles that existed during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods

puerile: Read  childish; belonging to childhood; immature

pugilist: Read  one who fights with his fists, especially, a professional prize fighter; boxer

pugnacity: Read  combativeness; inclination or readiness to fight; quarrelsomeness

puissant: Read  powerful; mighty; strong; vigorous; forcible

pulchritude: Read  great physical beauty and appeal; attractive moral excellence; moral beauty

pulp: Read  fruit flesh; any soft or soggy mass

pulverize: Read  pound, crush, or grind to powder or dust

pummel: Read  beat or pound with fists; hit or strike heavily and repeatedly

pump: Read  draw fluid or gas by pressure or suction; supply in great quantities

punctilious: Read  marked by precise accordance with details

pundit: Read  authority on a subject; learned person; expert

pungent: Read  stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic

purloin: Read  steal, often in violation of trust; put away; remove

purported: Read  assumed to be such; supposed; rumored

pursue: Read  follow in; go in search of or hunt for

purveyor: Read  one who supplies provisions, especially food; caterer

pusillanimous: Read  cowardly; lacking strength and firmness of mind

putrid: Read  decomposed and foul-smelling; rotten; decayed

puzzling: Read  lacking clarity of meaning; confusing

pyromania: Read  person with insane desire to set things on fire