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P Vocabulary Words Quiz #2

All the words start with P. Based on the definitions, guess what they are.
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Last updated: February 9, 2019
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First submittedFebruary 13, 2013
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Definition
Word
Church bench
Pew
Voilà; ta-da
Presto
To hunt illegally
Poach
Widespread outbreak of disease
Pandemic
To pigs as bovine is to cows
Porcine
Baby carriage
Pram
False name
Pseudonym
Heathen
Pagan
Car part that moves up
and down within a cylinder
Piston
Statement that can only be true
if it is false, and vice-versa
Paradox
Fireworks
Pyrotechnics
Boxer
Pugilist
Definition
Word
Next-to-last
Penultimate
Person who kills his father
Patricide
Playful fairy or elf-like creature
Pixie
Roof of the mouth
Palate
Sub-division of a kingdom (in taxonomy)
Phylum
Food item that spoils quickly
Perishable
Short story that teaches a lesson via analogy
Parable
To womanize (especially if married)
Philander
Central European dance music that
often features an accordion
Polka
Self-imposed punishment to atone for a sin
Penance
Type of knitting stitch
Purl
Order of mammals that includes
monkeys and apes
Primate
73 Comments
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Level 56
Feb 12, 2013
'Plague' should be accepted for widespread outbreak of a disease.
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Level ∞
Feb 13, 2013
Okay, that will work now.
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Level 81
Oct 8, 2015
How about pestilence?
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Level 59
May 5, 2018
Or pandemia?
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Level 78
Dec 9, 2020
I don't think that's a word
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Level 58
Mar 19, 2024
isn't an epidemic a widespread outbreak of disease and a pandemic when it's virtually everywhere?
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Level 34
Apr 11, 2024
It's all based on the magnitude. Epidemics are contained to a community. Pandemics reach the whole world.
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Level 60
Feb 12, 2013
Dammit, spelt palate as palette.
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Level 46
Feb 12, 2013
Spellings are pretty strict. Maybe parishable or palete?
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Level ∞
Dec 23, 2014
Added those as accepted answers.
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Level 62
Feb 12, 2013
Really cross I missed the boxer one, just couldn't get the word out. Learnt a couple of new words on this one as well
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Level 59
Feb 12, 2013
I had psyeudenym and perishable, but didn't spell them right. Then I was trying "presente" for viola, "plague" for widespread disease, and "prostitute" for heathen.
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Level 59
Feb 12, 2013
STILL didn't spell "pseudonym" right. Damn that word!
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Level 79
Oct 19, 2018
Someone should think of a different name for it.
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Level 75
Jul 14, 2019
Alias? Nom de plume? Pen name?
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Level 68
May 2, 2019
prostitute for heathen... what?!?!
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Level 45
Jul 15, 2019
I knew the knitting stitch but did not know it was spelt like that! I spelt it like the gemstone.
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Level 58
Feb 12, 2013
widespread outbreak of disease = plague??
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Level 44
Feb 12, 2013
Nice quiz.
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Level 41
Feb 15, 2013
Agreed.
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Level 32
Feb 13, 2013
Maybe accept prestige?

Why else would you say ta-da?

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Level 72
Apr 25, 2018
Tried that as well.
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Level 68
May 2, 2019
you wouldnt say tada, you would say presto.
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Level 39
Apr 11, 2014
Thank you, Fallout 3, for "Pugilism illustrated". :D
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Level 77
May 28, 2014
Accept "pushchair" for baby carriage?
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Level 84
Jun 25, 2014
Please to be considering acceptance 'prizefighter' for 'boxer.
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Level 69
Oct 1, 2017
That's not a synonym, that's free association!
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Level 70
Jun 19, 2021
Seems reasonable to me. Prizefighter is a word for a type of boxer. It wouldn't be the only answer in this series where an instance of the word given as a clue was accepted (or, sometimes, required).
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Level 54
Oct 25, 2014
Poof, for voila; ta da?
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Level 71
Feb 24, 2015
I missed on the Voila - ta da question ..... maybe abracadabra! may have given it to me.
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Level 68
May 2, 2019
abracadabra is something totaly different. that is a (mock) spell. Presto is like, here it is
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Level 68
May 2, 2019
Ta da is when it shows up , poof is when it disappears ;) ( I immediately felt/ saw something disappear when I read the word poof haha)
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Level 38
Dec 15, 2014
missed porcine and paradox >.
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Level 51
Apr 30, 2015
I was going to correct you, that patricide is the act of killing one's father, not the person who does it. But I googled it. You are right in your definition. You taught me something today. :)
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Level 55
Oct 8, 2015
I was certain this was the case too, but apparently not! Thankfully, after trying "patricidist", which is not a word, I tried "patricider", which is also not a word, but gave me the answer. :)
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Level ∞
Feb 9, 2019
By the way, thanks for looking it up before commenting. Other people below you in the thread did not!
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Level 85
Jul 14, 2019
So... is a non-organic farmer an insecticide committing insecticide using insecticide?
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Level 18
May 22, 2015
Aw, man, when I saw the "food that spoils quickly" one, I tried coming up with a specific food, not the general term :(
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Level 75
Oct 8, 2015
I only missed one so I didn't think this was too difficult, but you did make us brush out the cobwebs in our head to get some of them. Excellent quiz.
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Level 47
Oct 8, 2015
The polka clue totally stumped me. I will grant that a lot of central european cultures do dance polkas amongst their traditional dances, but 'polka' usually refers to a specific dance step, is danced in lots of other places than central europe (british isles, for example) and whilst you could arguably call the music that accompanies it 'polka music' it's not a common term to me at all (I am a brit who plays a lot of traditional british and european dance music...)
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Level 66
Oct 12, 2015
prestidigitation for voila!
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Level 15
Mar 10, 2018
Presto doesn't mean voila or tada. It means quickly or early depending on the context.
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Level 77
Jul 14, 2019
Yes, and in the context of how the word has come to be used in English, it means "an interjection used to indicate the sudden appearance or occurrence of something often as if by magic."

Tada!

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Level 82
Jun 1, 2018
What about "penitence" for "penance"
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Level 86
Jun 3, 2018
I tried that too. Wikipedia redirects "penitence" to the article on "penance."
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Level ∞
Feb 9, 2019
Penitence will work now
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Level 37
Jun 1, 2018
Patricide is the act of killing one's father. The person committing the act is not referred to as a "Patricide" ( a patricidal lunatic, perhaps?) BTW: Google is not a good source for proper definitions.
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Level 77
Nov 18, 2018
Agreed. Please change the wording.
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Level ∞
Feb 9, 2019
Erroneous! Patricide is both the act and the person who does it, as can be confirmed by multiple different dictionaries.
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Level 72
May 3, 2019
Philistine for heathen?
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Level 89
Feb 9, 2022
A philistine is an uncultured person, regardless of their religion
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Level 71
Jun 19, 2019
False name could also be penname.
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Level 57
Jul 14, 2019
Can you accept Primata for primates??
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Level 63
Jul 14, 2019
I’ve only ever heard “hey presto”. Presto on its own must be an American variant.
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Level 71
Jul 15, 2019
I've never heard "hey presto". You're probably right that it's regional.
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Level 83
Jul 4, 2022
I’ve only ever heard ‘hey presto’ in the UK.
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Level 58
Jul 14, 2019
presto for ta da viola is very vague i of course missed it
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Level 72
Jul 15, 2019
Isn't patricide the act of killing, and not the word for a person who does the killing?
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Level 66
Jul 15, 2019
Reading (the comments above yours before commenting) is FUNdamental!
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Level 65
Dec 10, 2019
Knit one, pearl two. (dammit)
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Level 68
Dec 10, 2019
Missed parable. Couldn't get my mind off of fable.

While I got it right, pagan and heathen are not synonymous. A pagan was a polytheist/idol worshipper, or now someone into nature religions. A heathen is any non-Jew or unbaptized person. So a pagan is a heathen, but a heathen is not necessarily a pagan.

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Level 89
Feb 9, 2022
Heathen and pagan are used interchangeably by the church
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Level 55
Apr 1, 2020
Widespread outbreak of a disease.. Hello from 2020. *Everyone* knows the word pandemic now.
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Level 58
Mar 19, 2024
Why? What happened?
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Level 28
May 18, 2021
Never heard of Presto on it's own, only ever with hey before it...
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Level 28
May 18, 2021
Can you accept Pearl for Purl
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Level 67
Apr 4, 2022
Gosh, I kept thinking that the perishable food item must be...potato salad!
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Level 86
May 25, 2022
not me checking the edit date to make sure qm added pandemic before 2020
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Level 38
Jul 27, 2022
"Prizefighter" for boxer?
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Level 74
Dec 2, 2022
Can you add "Puck" for "Playful fairy or elf-like creature"? It fits the description to a tee.

I thought of pixie shortly after but Puck still seems a valid answer to me, both the spirit from folklore as well as the character in Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

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Level 67
Sep 19, 2023
Yeah, I think Puck is a less correct answer, but should be accepted.
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Level 21
Apr 29, 2024
Yes, I thought Puck as well! Perfectly fits, although I guess it's not a word?
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Level 21
Apr 29, 2024
Prostration as self-imposed punishment to attone for a sin should be allowed.