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P Vocabulary Words Quiz #1

Can you guess these vocabulary words that start with the letter P?
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Last updated: December 9, 2017
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First submittedNovember 23, 2012
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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 14
Apr 20, 2012
Could you accept perspirate for perspire?
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Level 32
Apr 21, 2012
I second this
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Level 23
May 4, 2012
Same here!
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Level 13
Oct 12, 2012
I fourth it!
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Level 24
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 74
May 28, 2014
and ridiculous
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Level 31
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 69
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 87
May 8, 2019
Well, it's happening, innit?
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Level 72
Oct 15, 2022
pantomime (v.) is also ridiculous
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Level 74
Oct 17, 2022
Rare or archaic but still valid. Meanwhile, horrible misspellings are accepted. - shrug -
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Level 16
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 84
Apr 16, 2015
I tried pergury, purgery, etc. but eventually got it.
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Level 13
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 28
Oct 17, 2022
Nope, the RELATIONSHIP would be polygamous but the one who commits it is a polygamist.
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Level 28
Jan 4, 2014
"To communicate via gesture, not speech" - how about proxemics?
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Level 45
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 75
Oct 12, 2021
To pantomime (as a verb) isn't really everyday speech, is it?
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Level 20
Oct 18, 2022
Not a verb, for a start.
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Level 8
Mar 15, 2014
lol I wrote player for person who has multiple wives
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Level 48
Apr 27, 2014
Plutocracy: Rule by planetoids.
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Level 76
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 76
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 71
Oct 15, 2022
That would be Plutarcharchy, no?
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Level 57
Oct 17, 2022
I typed P'oligarchy and it wasn't accepted :(
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Level 73
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 44
Apr 16, 2015
I agree, I was trying to think of a word for homeopathy that started with 'p'.
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Level 57
Oct 15, 2022
Pointless.
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Level 48
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 84
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 28
Oct 17, 2022
You can't say pill though because placebos can also be in liquid form. It's taken in various states with the belief that it is a medication.
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Level 62
Apr 17, 2015
Prodigal prodigy. If the quiz accepted prodig I would have had it.
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Level 26
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 38
Apr 18, 2015
For 'to turn into stone' I put paralyze...XD
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Level 71
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 67
Jul 30, 2018
Oh yeah! I would have got pectin if they had said jam!
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Level 76
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 59
Oct 15, 2022
The simplest way I usually separate the two is that jelly is served on a plate and wobbles, whereas jam is applied by each person to their food (or inside the food) and is less wobbly.
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Level 28
Oct 17, 2022
Jelly is made from fruit juice and combined with gelatin. It's served with ice-cream or with custard as a dessert. I believe you call this jello.

Jam is made with sugar and lumps of fruit. With pectin. And it's spread on scones or toast, usually. Or in yoghurt for breakfast.

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Level 88
Jul 17, 2015
Could prayerful be an accepted answer for devout?
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Level 81
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 71
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 81
May 6, 2016
Ah, of course! I remember "pantomimus" coming up in Latin passages.
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Level 71
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 72
Dec 22, 2021
Agreed on the "pantomime in this sense is confusing for a Brit" take. I'm Canadian but grew up in countries where Pantomime (in the British sense of being a cheesy parodic Christmas play) was a big thing and this one had me stumped.

I got it in the dying seconds, mostly by throwing everything I could think of at the question, but rolled my eyes pretty hard when "pantomime" was accepted.

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Level 76
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 70
Feb 6, 2021
Perhaps the clue should "to entertain" rather than "to communicate". Good quiz though!
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Level 57
Mar 25, 2021
Oh no you didn't
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Level 45
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 57
Apr 28, 2017
Please accept 'polygamous' for polygamist
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Level ∞
Dec 9, 2017
Okay
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Level 20
Oct 18, 2022
But surely sticking to the same part of speech is pretty essential? Or am I just too fussy about this because I am a lexicographer?
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Level 52
Apr 30, 2018
Would you accept polyamorist as well as polygamist?
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Level 72
Jan 22, 2021
All polygamists are polyamorists, but not all polyamorists are polygamists.

- Confusius

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Level 66
Jul 3, 2018
Good quiz. I found this harder than most of the vocabulary quizzes on this site.
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Level 64
Jul 30, 2018
Totally agree. Good to have a tougher than usual level quiz. Thanks QM
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Level 76
Jul 30, 2018
Anyone else try "padawan" for the apprentice one? lol
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Level 47
Aug 5, 2018
No.
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Level 72
May 13, 2020
When you next update this quiz, I think you should add "pandemic".
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Level 85
Feb 8, 2022
Too easy
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Level 32
Oct 15, 2022
Pavlovian.

e. g. dog salivates

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Level 43
Feb 13, 2021
I couldn't get past thinking of "perverting (or perversion of) the course of justice" for lying under oath :(

Also I feel like "medicine" in the clue is a slightly misleading for "placebo", I was trying to think of more like herbal/homeopathic medicine type of root for medicine that doesn't contain any active ingredient

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Level 34
Apr 30, 2021
Polyamorous accepted for polygamist?
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Level 65
Jun 26, 2021
what about philosopher's stone for panacea?
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Level 76
Mar 9, 2022
Jelly is thickened by gelatin (from where the name derives) whereas jam is thickened by pectin.

Pantomime is a noun, so you really mean “mime” which doesn’t begin with P.

Plutarchy should be accepted.

Love all your word quizzes!

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Level 72
May 3, 2022
Great variety.
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Level 64
Aug 29, 2022
I think "Pantomime" in this usage (as a verb) would benefit from mentioning that it is mimicing an action.

It's a gesture, that can be accompanied by speech, specifically in reference to an action - at least according to a quick internet search.

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Level 51
Oct 15, 2022
That was fun, ty.

It seemed harder than usual, and I can't figure out why.

Maybe my brain has trouble with the "P" sound.

I knew Papal, Privateer, and Prodigy, but couldn't get past papacy, pirate/plunder, and protege.

Really cleared out the cobwebs this morning.

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Level 75
Oct 15, 2022
I would change 'communicate via' to 'form of theater with', in the pantomime hint
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Level 70
Oct 15, 2022
Great quiz! My only suggestion would be in

Medicine with no active ingredients

to change it to

"Medicine" with no active ingredients

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Level 59
Oct 15, 2022
Got them all except pantomime. I didn't know that's what it meant; I only know it as a Christmas play! Did anyone else try 'point' as the answer??
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Level 49
Oct 15, 2022
i tried to put "player" for one who has multiple spouses lol
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Level 49
Oct 15, 2022
i tried to put "player" for one who has multiple spouses lol
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Level 87
Oct 16, 2022
Is a page an apprentice squire?

Page: A page or page boy is traditionally a young male attendant or servant, but may also have been used for a messenger at the service of a nobleman.

Squire: A squire was typically a young boy, training to become a knight.