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provident
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a. displaying foresight; providing carefully for future; preparing for emergencies
In his usual provident manner, he had insured himself against this type of loss.
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prurient
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a. having or causing lustful thoughts and desires; having an eager desire for something
Aroused by his prurient impulses, the dirty old man leered at the sweet young thing and offered to give her a sample of his 'prowess.'
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puerile
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a. childish; belonging to childhood; immature
His puerile pranks sometimes offended his more mature friends.
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pugilist
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n. one who fights with his fists, especially a professional prize fighter; boxer
The famous pugilist Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammed Ali.
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pugnacity
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n. combativeness; inclination or readiness to fight; quarrelsomeness
'Put up your dukes!' he cried, making a fist to show his pugnacity.
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puissant
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a. powerful; mighty; strong; vigorous; forcible
His memoir was full of descriptions of puissant military heroics, but most were exaggerations or outright lies.
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pulchritude
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n. great physical beauty and appeal; attractive moral excellence; moral beauty
I do not envy the judges who have to select this year's Miss America from this collection of female pulchritude.
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pulverize
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v. pound, crush, or grind to powder or dust
Before sprinkling the dried herbs into the stew, they first pulverize them into a fine powder.
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punctilious
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a. marked by precise accordance with details
Percy is punctilious about observing the rules of etiquette whenever Miss Manners invites him to stay.
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pundit
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n. authority on a subject; learned person; expert
The author who writes about SAT I as if he is a pundit actually knows very little about the test.
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purloin
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v. steal, often in violation of trust; put away; remove
The amateur detective Dupin saw him purloin the letter for which the police had search in vain.
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purported
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a. assumed to be such; supposed; rumored
Attorney General Eric Holder called the purported plot one of the most serious security threats to the United States since the September 11, 2001, attacks.
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purveyor
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n. one who supplies provisions, especially food; caterer
As a purveyor of rare wines and viands, he traveled through France and Italy every year in search of new products to sell.
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pusillanimous
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a. cowardly; lacking strength and firmness of mind
You should be ashamed of your pusillanimous conduct during this dispute.
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quadruped
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n. four-footed or quadruped animal, especially, four-footed mammal
A mammal is usually a quadruped.
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quaff
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v. drink with relish; swallow hurriedly or greedily
As we quaff our ale, we listen to the lively songs of the students in the tavern.
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quantitative
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a. expressed or expressible as a quantity; relating to the measurement of quantity
As you knew, it exported wheat without quantitative limitations last year.
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quay
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n. dock; landing place; reinforced bank where ships are loaded or unloaded
Because of the captain's carelessness, the ship crashed into the quay.
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quiescent
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a. at rest; dormant; temporarily inactive
After the great eruption, Mount Etna's fear was great; people did not return to cultivate its rich hillside lands until the volcano had been quiescent for a full two years.
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quietude
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n. tranquility; state of peace and quiet
He was impressed by the air of quietude and peace that pervaded the valley.
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