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100 Cards in this Set

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petition humbly; pray to grant a favor
n carping
petty criticism; fault-finding; fretful complaining; quibble
n minutiae
petty or trivial details; CF. minutia
s pharisee
Pharisee: member of an ancient Jewish group that emphasized strict observance of the Mosaic law (considering themselves very holy); hypocritical self-righteous person
n epistemologist
philosopher who studies the nature of knowledge; N. epistemology
phrase dulled in meaning by repetition; platitude; ADJ. clich\\'ed
s chorus
phrase repeated throughout a song or poem
n topography
physical features of a region (such as the shape and height); CF. topo-: place
n stalwart
physically strong; brawny; steadfast; strong in mind or determination; Ex. stalwart supporter; N: stalwart follower
physician specializing in children's diseases; N. pediatrics
physician specializing in delivery(assisting in giving birth) of babies; N. obstetrics; CF. midwife
physician who specializes in treatment of the eyes
n cull
pick out from others (to kill the weakest members); reject; select; collect (information); N.
picture made of small colorful inlaid tiles; ADJ.
picture writing; ADJ.
n pied
piebald; variegated(many-colored); multicolored
n firebrand
piece of burning wood; hothead; troublemaker; person who stirs up trouble
s bust
piece of sculpture showing a person's head, shoulders, and upper chest; V: break up; arrest; Ex. crimebuster
n impale
pierce (with a sharp point); Ex. impaled by the spear
s lance
pierce with a lance; cut into; N: spearlike weapon
n riddle
pierce with holes; permeate or spread throughout; Ex. The gunman riddled the car with bullets; Ex. The whole report is riddled with errors; N. large sieve (separating earth from stone)
pierce; put a hole through
n conifer
pine tree (usu. evergreen); cone-bearing tree; ADJ. coniferous; CF. deciduous; CF. evergreen
pious; deeply religious; sincere; earnest; Ex. my devout hope
n buccaneer
s freebooter
pirate or plunderer who makes war in order to grow rich
s jug
pitcher; container for holding liquids
pithy maxim or saying; ADJ. aphoristic
n apothegm(apophthegm)
pithy, compact saying
n sententious
pithy; terse; concise; aphoristic
pitiless; merciless; cruel
s cemetery
place for burying the dead
s induct
place formally in office; install; admit as a member; initiate; N. induction: inducting; process of deriving general principles from particular facts
n sheathe
place into a case; insert into or provide with a sheath; Ex. He sheathed his dagger; N. sheath: case for a blade
n provenance
place of origin; origin or source of something; Ex. Gunpowder is of Chinese provenance; CF. come
place of refuge or shelter; protection (religious or political)
place of refuge; shelter; shrine; holy place; Ex. The outlaw was granted sanctuary in the church.
n haven
place of safety; refuge; harbor; Ex. tax haven
place of spiritual expiation; temporary state or place in which the souls must expiate their sins
s Elysium
place or condition of bliss
place over something else
n juxtapose
place side by side; CF. next
s submerge
place under water; dip; go under water; cover completely (as with water); Ex. submerged in work
n ford
place where a river can be crossed on foot; V.
n arboretum
place where different trees and shrubs are studied and exhibited
plain; clear; obvious
s braid
plait; interweave strands or lengths of; make by weaving strands together; N: braided segment (as of hair)
plan in advance; Ex. premeditated murder
n itinerary
plan of a trip; record of a trip
s blight
plant disease; V: infect with blight; ruin; destroy
s mongrel
plant or animal (esp. a dog) of mixed breed; ADJ.
s sow
plant or scatter seed
plants of a region or era
s bromide
platitude; chemical compound used to calm excitement
s frolic
play and jump about happily; frisk; Ex. frolicking young lambs
s romp
play or frolic boisterously; gambol; N.
n staccato
played in an abrupt manner; marked by abrupt sharp sound; Ex. staccato applause
s jest
playful remark or act; V. act or speak playfully
n sportive
playful; frolicsome; merry; CF. sport: play or frolic; CF. sportsmanlike
plead; ask earnestly
n savory
pleasant in taste; tasty; pleasing, attractive, or agreeable; Ex. savory reputation
pleasant; friendly; in agreement with one's tastes and nature; Ex. congenial weather
s plump
pleasantly fat; nicely rounded
pleasantly merry; festive; joyous; gay; characterized by joviality; jovial
n piquant
pleasantly tart-tasting; spicy; pleasantly stimulating; Ex. piquant situation when my old enemy asked for my help
n enrapture
please intensely; fill with rapture and delight
please; satisfy; Ex. gratify a desire
n luscious
pleasing to taste or smell; delicious
n troth
pledge of good faith especially in betrothal; betrothal; Ex. by my troth
n copious
plot outline; screenplay(script for a movie); opera libretto; outline of possible future events
plunder; sack; Ex. despoil the village
plundering; destruction
n douse
plunge into water or liquid; dip; immerse; drench; wet throughly; extinguish; throw water over; dowse
n elegy
poem or song expressing lamentation (for the dead); ADJ. elegiacal, elegiac
n bard
point directly overhead in the sky; summit; acme; highest point
point of moon's orbit when it is nearest the earth; CF. apogee
n matrix
point of origin; array of numbers or algebraic symbols; mold or die; Ex. the matrix of Western civilization
s outlook
point of view; view from a particular place; expectation for the future; prospect; Ex. outlook on life; Ex. pleasing outlook; Ex. weather outlook
point or time at which the sun is farthest from the equator
s prong
pointed projecting part
n awl
pointed tool used for piercing
n aplomb
poise; composure in difficult situations; assurance; self-confidence
n venom
poison (of an animal); hatred; Ex. remarks full of venom; ADJ. venomous
poisonous snake
poisonous; N. toxicity
n prod
poke (with a pointed object); stir up; urge; goad to action; N: pointed object used to prod; prodding
s jab
poke abruptly with something sharp; punch with short blows
pollute; make filthy or dirty; corrupt morally; profane; desecrate; N: narrow passage or gorge through mountains
n pummel
pommel; beat or pound with fists
pompous array of words; too many unnecessary words; wordiness
n strut
pompous walk; V: walk in a self-important manner
n bombastic
pompous; using inflated language
n muse
ponder at length; N: source of inspiration (esp. of a poet)
n doggerel
poor verse
poor; destitute
n vogue
popular fashion; Ex. Jeans became the vogue.