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P Vocabulary Words Quiz #1

All the words start with P. Based on the definitions, guess what they are.
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First submittedNovember 23, 2012
Last updatedDecember 9, 2017
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Definition
Word
Ancient Egyptian scroll material
Papyrus
One who has multiple spouses
Polygamist
One who hunts prey
Predator
Cure-all
Panacea
Relating to the pope
Papal
The crime of lying under oath
Perjury
Rule by the wealthy
Plutocracy
Highly gifted child
Prodigy
Pile on which the dead are burned
Pyre
To present others work as one's own
Plagiarize
Devout; godly
Pious
A single particle of light
Photon
Definition
Word
To turn into stone
Petrify
Relating to a palace
Palatial
Person opposed to war or violence of any kind
Pacifist
Medicine that contains no active ingredients
Placebo
Ingredient that thickens jelly
Pectin
Antonym of singular
Plural
One with official license to pirate enemy ships
Privateer
An apprentice squire (in medieval times)
Page
To communicate via gesture, not speech
Pantomime
Five-sided polygon
Pentagon
To loot and plunder, especially as an act of war
Pillage
To sweat
Perspire
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level 15
Apr 20, 2012
Could you accept perspirate for perspire?
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level 39
Apr 21, 2012
I second this
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level 20
May 4, 2012
Same here!
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level 16
Oct 12, 2012
I fourth it!
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level 28
Feb 3, 2013
i fifth it!
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level ∞
Feb 4, 2013
Ain't gonna happen, since perspirate is considered rare or archaic.
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level 71
May 28, 2014
and ridiculous
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level 34
May 15, 2018
I respected your decision to not allow it, until you started your sentence with "ain't." Now it is clear you're just being a meanieface :( How can you ardently defend a word being excluded from the list to maintain consistency with modern vernacular standards, if you use "ain't" unironically? You just can't be trusted with this kind of power.
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level 62
Jul 30, 2018
1) You're arguing with a five year old comment 2) It's hardly an "ardent" defense and 3) "Ain't gonna happen" is very much in the language, ironic or not
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level 69
May 8, 2019
Well, it's happening, innit?
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level 20
May 17, 2012
Could you accept more spellings of perjury? I tried purjory and purjury
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level ∞
Nov 13, 2014
Okay
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level 76
Apr 16, 2015
I tried pergury, purgery, etc. but eventually got it.
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level 16
Oct 12, 2012
Damn you pectin for ruining my perfect score!
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level 32
May 23, 2013
polygamous should be accepted....
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level 39
Apr 16, 2015
Polygamous is the adjective. Polygamist is the noun, which the question required as the answer.
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level 33
Jan 4, 2014
"To communicate via gesture, not speech" - how about proxemics?
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level 47
Apr 6, 2016
I know that it would be entirely wrong if it worked, but all I could think of was "play Charades." I feel so ashamed...
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level ∞
Dec 9, 2017
"Proxemics is the study of human use of space and the effects that population density has on behaviour, communication, and social interaction."
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level 9
Mar 15, 2014
lol I wrote player for person who has multiple wives
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level 55
Apr 27, 2014
Plutocracy: Rule by planetoids.
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level 75
Feb 9, 2015
I typed Plutarchy and couldn't figure out why it wasn't accepted. I suppose that would be rule by a Greek historian.
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level 75
Jul 31, 2018
Just looked up the word plutocracy on Wikipedia and it says, "A plutocracy or plutarchy is a society that is ruled or controlled by people of great wealth or income." Maybe I was correct after all. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutocracy
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level 46
Nov 4, 2014
Phenom should work for "highly gifted child."
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level 58
Apr 16, 2015
A phenom is not necessarily a child. It is usually used to identify a person (of any age) who is a once in a generation type of person in whatever they do. Phenom is just short for phenomenon, which is defined as something that is impressive or extraordinary. Anyone can be a phenom.
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level 70
Mar 2, 2015
It seems like placebo should not really be called medicine. Its just a sugar pill mostly used in experiments. I would probably have got it if the clue was "pill with no active ingredients". Good quiz!
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level 49
Apr 16, 2015
I agree, I was trying to think of a word for homeopathy that started with 'p'.
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level 50
Apr 16, 2015
A placebo need not be a sugar pill though. It can be any "non" treatment - e.g. a saline injection, say, or a cream with no active ingredients, or putting somebody through the motions of receiving radiotherapy without actually switching the radiation on...
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level 76
Apr 17, 2015
Doctors sometimes prescribe placebos because of the well known and documented placebo effect. So... they can work as a medicine, in a way.
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level 58
Apr 17, 2015
Prodigal prodigy. If the quiz accepted prodig I would have had it.
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level 25
Apr 18, 2015
What about pontifical or pontiff for related to the pope?
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level ∞
Dec 9, 2017
Pontifical will work now
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level 36
Apr 18, 2015
For 'to turn into stone' I put paralyze...XD
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level 67
May 7, 2015
Did not get the 'Pectin' one till afterwards when I realised it meant 'JAM' and not what we who are not in the USA call Jelly........... ha ha
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level 60
Jul 30, 2018
Oh yeah! I would have got pectin if they had said jam!
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level 75
Jul 31, 2018
So what do you call clear liquid that is gelled? Our jam has bits of fruit in it, but jelly is the clear juice of fruits with pectin added to make it gel - although some fruits such as gooseberries, lemons, and green apples have natural pectin and will gel without added pectin. Whole or large pieces of fruits cooked in syrup until they gel are called preserves. Do you have all of those?
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level 83
Jul 17, 2015
Could prayerful be an accepted answer for devout?
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level 76
Dec 3, 2015
So that's the other definition for pantomime... I just think of Christmas plays for pantomimes, but anyone who isn't British gets confused by this, so I assumed there was another definition.
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level 67
Apr 17, 2016
Looking up the definition of 'Pantomime' I came across this......... "A dramatic entertainment, originating in Roman mime, in which performers express meaning through gestures accompanied by music............." sounds just like the old movies before talkies.
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level 76
May 6, 2016
Ah, of course! I remember "pantomimus" coming up in Latin passages.
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level 67
Oct 31, 2017
Yeah, i wasn't too sure about that clue, being a Brit I just think of Pantomime's as the cheesy plays at Christmas time.
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level 75
Jul 31, 2018
That's one I missed that I should have gotten. I used to love watching Red Skelton when I was a kid, especially his Freddie the Freeloader pantomimes.
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level 48
Apr 22, 2016
Any chance you could add "jam" into the jelly clue for clueless Brits? I know all about pectin but was trying to think of a synonym for gelatine as you don't need pectin for what I think of as jelly (the dessert you have at kids' parties).
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level 35
Mar 5, 2017
I tried petroleum for jelly... D'oh!
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level 59
Apr 28, 2017
Please accept 'polygamous' for polygamist
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level ∞
Dec 9, 2017
Okay
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level 68
Dec 20, 2017
To communicate via gesture, not speech - point. Best I could do. But seriously, plutarchy should be OK.
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level 43
Apr 30, 2018
Would you accept polyamorist as well as polygamist?
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level 55
Jul 3, 2018
Good quiz. I found this harder than most of the vocabulary quizzes on this site.
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level 57
Jul 30, 2018
Totally agree. Good to have a tougher than usual level quiz. Thanks QM
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level 68
Jul 30, 2018
Anyone else try "padawan" for the apprentice one? lol
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level 50
Aug 5, 2018
No.
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level 21
Dec 21, 2018
Why isn't the taliban on this list? (Find me at TheQuizard)
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