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pecuniary
adj. pertaining to money

pecuniary reward
pedagogy
n. teaching; art of education
pedant
n. scholar who overemphasizes book learning or technicalities
pedantic
adj. showing off learning; bookish


she was super helpful, not at all pedantic
pedestrian
adj. ordinary; unimaginative


Unintentionally boring, he wrote page after page of pedestrian prose
peerless
adj. having no equal; incomparable


to his admirers, Luciano Pavarotti was peerless
pejorative
adj. negative in connotation; having a belittling effect


the Republicans made pejorative remarks about Clinton's character
pell-mell
adv. in confusion; disorderly


the excited students dashed pell-mell into the stadium to celebrate the victory.
pellucid
adj. transparent; limpid(clear; transparent.. a limpid pond); easy to understand


his writing is very pellucid
penance
n. self-imposed punishment for sin
pendulous
adj. hanging; suspended


the pendulous chandeliers swayed in the breeze
pensive
adj. dreamily thoughtful; thoughtful w/ a hint of sadness; contemplative


the pensive lover gazed at the portrait of his beloved and sighed
penumbra
n. partial shadow (in an eclipse)
penury
n. severe poverty; stinginess


i don't want to end my days in penury

a penurious miser
peon
n. landless agricultural worker; bond servant

the reformers sought to liberate the peons and establish them as independent farmers
percussion
adj. striking one object against another sharply


a percussion instrument
perdition
n. damnation; complete ruin


Praying for salvation,he feared he was damned to eternal perdition
peregrination
n. journey
peremptory
adj. demanding and leaving no choice


From Jack's peremptory knock on the door, Jill could tell he would not give up until she let him in.
perennial
something long-lasting


These plants are hardy perennials and will bloom for many eyars
perfidious
adj. treacherous; disloyal


When Ceaser realized his friend had betrayed him, he reproached his perfidious friend.
perfunctory
adj. superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care or enthusiasm


The author's perfunctory inspection of the books overlooked many errors
perigee
n. point of moon's orbit when it is nearest the earth
peripatetic
adj. walking about; moving; itinerant

peripatetic school of philosophy - derives its name fromthe fact that Aristotle walked w/ his pupils while discussing philosophy w/ them
perjury
n. false testimony while under oath

he was indicted for perjury
pernicious
adj. very destructive

these movies have a pernicious effect on young and susceptible minds
peroration
n. conclusion of an oration
perpetrate
v. commit an offense


Only an insane person could perpetrate such a crime
perpetuate
v. make something last; preserve from extinction


His book perpetuates a false image of blacks in this country
perquisite
think perks!

n. any gain above stipulated (arranged; agreement) salary
personable
adj. attractive

the person who fills this position must be personable since she represents our company
perspicacious
adj. having insight; penetrating; astute


The brilliant lawyer was known for his perspicacious deductions
perspicuity
n. clearness of expression; freedom from ambiguity


this book is great due to the perspicuity of the author.
perspicuous
adj. plainly expressed


Her perspicuous comments eliminated all possibility of misinterpretation
pert
adj. impertinent; forward


I think your pert and impudent remarks call for an apology
pertinacious
adj. stubborn; persistent


She is bound to succeed bc her pertinacious nature will not permit her to quit
pertinent
adj. suitable; to the point


the lawyer wanted to know all the pertinent details
perturb
v. diturb greatly
peruse
v. read w/ care
perverse
adj. stubbornly wrongheaded; wicked and unacceptable

when i'm in a perverse mood, i'll do the opposite of what my parents tell me to do
perversion
n. corruption; turning from right to wrong


he used to be such a good guy... i don't understand the reason for his perversion
pestilential
adj. causing plague; baneful (destructive; deadly; pernicious)

too afraid to explore the pestilential swamp
pestle
n. tool for mashing or grinding substances in a hard bowl

he pounded the drug w/ his pestle
petrify
v. turn to stone


His sudden and unexpected appearance seemed to petrify her
petulant
adj. touchy; peevish (showing annoyance; perverse; obstinate)


if you didn't sleep for 2 days, you'd sound petulent too
pharisaical
adj. pertaining to the Pharisees, who paid scrupulous attention to tradition; self-righteous (smugly moralistic); hypocritical
philanderer
n. faithless lover; flirt


Swearing he had never so much as looked at another woman, Peter assured her that he was no philanderer