puerile ADJ. /幼稚的，孩子气的/childish. His puerile pranks sometimes offended his more mature friends.
pugilist N. /拳击家/boxer. The famous pugilist Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammed Ali.
pugnacity N. /好斗的/combativeness; disposition to fight. "Put up your dukes!" he cried, making a fist to show his pugnacity. pugnacious,ADJ.
pulchritude N. /美丽;标致/beauty; comeliness. I do not envy the judges who have to select this year's Miss America from this collection of female pulchritude.
pulverize V. /磨碎;粉碎/crush or grind into dust. Before sprinkling the dried herbs into the stew, Michael first pulverized them into a fine powder.
pummel V. /用拳头打/beat or pound with fists. Swinging wildly, Pam pummeled her brother around the head and shoulders.
punctilious ADJ. /谨小慎微的;一丝不苟的/laying stress on niceties of conduct or form; minutely attentive to fine points (perhaps too much so). Percy is punctilious about observing the rules of etiquette whenever Miss Manners invites him to stay. punctiliousness.N.
pundit N. /博学者;梵文学家/authority on a subject; learned person; expert. Some authors who write about SAT I as if they are pundits actually know very little about the test.
pungent ADJ. /刺激的;辛辣的;尖锐的/stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic. The pungent odor of ripe Limburger cheese appealed to Simone but made Stanley gag.
punitive ADJ. /惩罚的/punishing. He asked for punitive measures against the offender.
puny ADJ. /不显著的;不明显的;细微的/insignificant; tiny; weak. Our puny efforts to stop the flood were futile.
purchase N. /赢得;换得;努力争取得;购买/firm grasp or footing. The mountaineer struggled to get a proper purchase on the slippery rock. (secondary meaning)
purge V. /净化;清除;拉肚子/remove or get rid of something unwanted; free from blame or guilt; cleanse or purify. When the Communist government purged the party to get rid of members sus-pected of capitalist sympathies, they sent the disloyal members to labor camps in Siberia.
purported ADJ. /传说的;谣传的/alleged; claimed; reputed or rumored. The purported Satanists sacrificing live roosters in the park turned out to be a party of Shriners holding a chicken barbecue.
purse V. /折叠;褶皱;钱包;手提包(女式)/pucker; contract into wrinkles. Miss Watson pursed her lips to show her disapproval of Huck's bedraggled appearance.