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overwrought
adj. extremely agitated; hysterical

whe she heard about the tragedy, she became too overwrought to work.
ovoid
adj. egg-shaped
pachyderm
n. thick-skinned animal

i.e. elephant
paean
n. song of praise or joy
painstaking
adj. showing hard work; taking great care


painstaking efforts
palatable
adj. agreeable; pleasing to the taste
palatial
adj. magnificent


He proudly showed us his palatial home
paleontology
n. study of prehistoric life
palimpsest
n. parchment used for 2nd time after original writing has been erased
pall
v. grow tiresome


the study of wordlists can eventually pall and put one to sleep
pallet
n. small, poor bed
palliate
v. ease pain; make less severe or offensive


we can try to palliate the symptoms
pallid
adj. pale; wan (sickly)

bc he did not sleep much, he had a pallid complexion
palpable
adj. tangible; easily perceptible


I cannot understand how you could overlook such a palpable blunder (stupid mistake)
palpitate
think palpitations

v. throb; flutter


her heart began to palpitate more and more erratically
paltry
adj. insignificant; petty; trifling


this is a paltry sum to pay for such a treasure!
pan
v. criticize harshly


the playwright was miserable when the critics panned it unanimously
panacea
n. cure-all; remedy for all diseases
panache
n. flair; flamboyance (strikingly bold or brilliant; grand)
pandemonium
n. wild tumult (uproar)


pandemonium broke out among the passengers
pander
v. cater to the low desires of others

this movie panders to the masses' taste for violence
panegyric
n. formal praise

i don't deserve such panegyrics
papyrus
n. ancient paper made from stem of papyrus plant
parable
n. short, simple story teaching a moral
paradigm
n. model; example; pattern
paradox
n. something apparently contradictory in nature; statement that looks false but is actually correct
paragon
n. model of perfection

the other students hated Maria bc the teacher always pointed her out as a paragon of virtue
parameter
n. limit; independent variable
paramount
adj. foremost in importance; supreme


of paramount importance
paramour
n. illicit lover


her husband had a paramour
paraphernalia
n. equipment; odds and ends


Her desk was cluttered w/ various paraphernalia
parasite
n. toady; sycophant
parity
n. equality; close resemblance


I do not see the parity between the two
parlance
n. language; idiom


All this legal parlance confuses me
parley
n. conference


the peace parley is going on right now
parochial
adj. narrow in outlook; provincial; related to parishes
parody
n. humorous imitation; spoof; takeoff; travesty (grotesque imitation of its model)
paroxysm
n. fit or attack of pain, laughter, rage



When he heard of his son's misdeeds, he was weized by a paroxysm of rage
parquet
n. floor made of wood strips inlaid in a mosaiclike pattern
parry
v. ward off a blow; deflect
parsimony
n. stinginess; excessive frugality
partial
adj. incomplete; having a liking for something


i am partial to chocolate eclairs.
partiality
n. inclination; bias

I must avoid partiality when i award the prize
partisan
adj. one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party

The Democrats and Republicans spend their time on partisan struggles
passe
adj. old-fashioned; past the prime

her style is passe
pastiche
n. imitation of another's style in musical composition or in writing


her music is not a pastiche of any particular composer
pastoral
adj. rural


pastoral life
patent
adj. open for the public to read; obvious

It was patent to everyone that the witness spoke the truth
pathetic
adj. causing sadness, compassion, pity; touching
pathos
n. tender sorrow; pity; quality in art or literature that produces these feelings


a quiet tone of pathos ran thru the novel
patina
n. green crust on old bronze works; tone slowly taken by varnished painting


Judging by the patina on this bronze statue...
patois
n. local or provincial dialect


I can understand the patois of the natives
patrician
adj. noble; aristocratic


We greatly admired her well-bred, patrician elegance
patronize
v. support; act superior toward; be a customer of

Penniless artists want to find wealthy art lovers to patronize them

don't patronize me!

I refuse to patronize this restaurant
pauper
v. very poor person
peccadillo
n.. slight offense

his mother always acted as if he were guilty of armed robbery, not of some mere peccadillo.