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ornate
very fancy, usu. refers to tangible objects, i.e., ornate woodwork
obsolete
no longer in use
obstinate
stubborn
obstreperous
troublesome, boisterous, unruly
obviate
to make unnecessary; to anticipate and prevent
occlude
to shut, block
odious
hateful, contemptible
ominous
menacing, threatening, indicating misfortune
omniscient
having infinite knowledge, all-seeing
opine
to express an opinion
opportune
appropriate, fitting
opprobrious
disgraceful, contemptuous
oration
lecture, formal speech
oscillate
to move back and forth
ossify
to turn to bone; to become rigid
ostracism
exclusion, temporary banishment
ouster
expulsion, ejection, the act of forcing out
overwrought
agitated, overdone
panache
flair, verve; dashing elegance; style
paragon
a model of excellence
penurious
extremely stingy, poor, or miserly
piquant
pleasantly sharp in flavor; interestingly provocative or stimulating
pique
to excite; to arouse an emotion or provoke to action
potentate
a person who possesses great power
prescient
having knowledge of things before they exist or happen
priggish
very fussy, self-righteous, high-maintenance, usu. refers to people
placid
calm
plenitude
abundance, condition of being plenty
pliant
pliable, yielding
plucky
courageous, spunky
plummet
to fall, plunge
ply
to use diligently; to engage; to join together
polyglot
speaker of many languages
pontificate
to speak in a pretentious manner; to express an opinion in a dogmatic way
pore
to study closely or meditatively
porous
full of holes, permeable to liquids
posterity
future generations; all of a person's descendants
potable
drinkable
prattle
meaningless, foolish talk
precarious
uncertain
precipice
edge, steep overhang
preface
introduction to a book; introductory remarks to a speech
premeditate
to consider, plan beforehand
preposterous
absurd, illogical
presage
to foretell, indicate in advance
presumptuous
rude, improperly bold
pretext
excuse, pretended reason
prevalent
widespread
prevaricate
to lie, evade the truth
privation
lack of usual necessities or comforts
probity
honesty, high-mindedness
proclivity
tendency, inclination
progenitor
originator, forefather, ancestor in a direct line
progeny
offspring, children
prognosis
prediction of disease outcome; any prediction
prologue
introductory section of a literary work or play
promontory
piece of land or rock higher than its surroundings
prostrate
lying face downward, lying flat on ground
protean
readily assuming or taking on or adopting different forms or characters; exhibiting variety or diversity
pugnacious
quarrelsome, combative, always ready to fight
pulchritude
physical beauty
palatial
like a palace, magnificent
palaver
idle talk
pall
a covering that darkens or obscures, coffin; to lose strength or interest
pallid
lacking color or liveliness
pandemic
spread over a whole area or country
panegyric
elaborate praise; formal hymn of praise
panorama
broad view; comprehensive picture
paramount
supreme, dominant, primary
parasite
person or animal that lives at another's expense
pariah
outcast
parity
equality
parry
to ward off or deflect; to turn aside; to evade or avoid
pastiche
piece of literature or music imitating other works
pathos
pity, compassion
pauper
very poor person
pedagogue
teacher
peer
contemporary, equal, match
peerless
unequaled
penury
extreme poverty
permeable
penetrable; seeking through
perpetual
endless, lasting
pervert
to cause to change in an inmoral way; to misuse
pestilence
epidemic, plague
phalanx
massed group of soldiers, people, or things
philanderer
pursuer of casual love affairs
phlegmatic
calm in temperament; sluggish
phobia
exaggerated, illogical fear
piety
devoutness
pilfer
to steal
pinnacle
peak, highest point of development
pithy
profound, substantial; concise, succinct, to the point
protocol
ceremony and manners observed by diplomats
proximity
nearness
prude
one who is excessively proper or modest
pry
to force open; to intrude into
pseudonym
pen name; fictitious or borrowed name
puerile
childish, inmature, silly
punctilious
careful in observing rules of behavior or ceremony
pungent
strong or sharp in smell or taste
punitive
having to do with punishment
purge
to cleanse or free from impurities