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pathological
adj. departing from the normal condition
patois
n. a regional dialect; nonstandard speech; jargon
paucity
n. scarcity
pedantic
adj. showing off learning
pellucid
adj. transparent; translucent; easyilly understood
penchant
n. inclination
penury
n. extreme poverty
pegregrination
n. a wandering from place to place
peremptory
adj. imperative; leaving no choice
perennial
adj. present throughout the years; persistent
perfidious
adj. faithless; disloyal; untrustworthy
perfunctory
adj. superficial; non thorough; performed really as a duty
perigee
n. point in an orbit that is closest to the Earth
permeable
adj. penetrable
peturb
to disturb greatly, make uneasy and anxious; cause a body to deviate from regular orbit
pervasive
adj. spread throughout every part
petulant
adj. rude; peevish
phlegmatic
adj. calm in temparament; sluggish
phoenix
n. mythical, immortal bird that lives for 500 years, and burnst to death and comes back in asshes
physiognomy
n. facial features
piety
adj. devoutness
piquant
adj appeallingly stimulating; attractive
pique
n fleeting feeling of hurt pride
placate
v. to lessen another's anger; to pacify
placid
adj. calm
plaintive
adj. melancholy; mournful
plasticity
n condition of being able to be shaped or formed.
platitude
n. stale overused expression
platonic
adj. spiritual, without sensual desire
plethora
n. excess; overabundance
plumb
v. to determine the depth; to examine deeply
plummet
v. to fall; plunge
plutocracy
n. society ruled by the wealthy
porous
adj full of holes
poseur
n. a 'poser'
pragmatic
adj. practical
prate
v. to talk idly; chatter
prattle
n. meaningless, foolish talk
preamble
n. preliminary statement
precarious
adj. uncertain
precept
n. principle; law
precipitate
v. to cause to happen; throw down from a height
precursor
n. a forerunner; predecessor
preempt
v. to superseed; appropriate for oneself
prehensile
adj. capable of grasping
premonition
n. a forwarning
presage
v. to foretell; indicate in advance
presumptuous
adj. rude; improperly bold
preternatural
beyond the course of nature; supernatural
prevaricate
v. to quibble; evade the truth
primordial
adj. original, from the beginning
pristine
adj. untouched; uncorrupted
probity
n. honesty; high mindedness
profound
adj. deep; not superficial
prohibitive
adj. so high as to prevent the perchace or use of; prevantative
proliferate
v. to increase rapidly
propensity
n. inclination; tendancy
propitiate
v. to win over; appease
propriety
n. correct conduct; fitness
proscribe
v. to condem
provident
adj. providing for future needs; frugal
puissant
adj. powerful
punctillious
adj. careful in observing rules of behavior or ceremonies
pungent
adj. strong or sharp in smell or taste; penetrating; caustic
purport
v. to profess; suppose; claim
pusillanimous
adj. cowardly
quagmire
n. marsh; difficult situation
quail
v. to cower; loose heart
qualified
adj. limited; restricted
qualm
n. uneasy feeling about the rightness of actions
quibble
v. to argue over insignificant and irrelevant details
quiescent
adj. inactive; still
quorum
n. number of members necessary to conduct a meeting
raconteur
n. witty, skillful storyteller
rail
v. to scold with bitter or abusive language
raiment
n. clothing
ramification
n. implication; outgrowth; consequence
rarefied
adj. refined
rationale
n. fundamental reason
rebus
n. puzzle in which pictures or symbols represent words
recalcitrant
adj. resistant of athourity or control
recant
v. to retract a statement or opinion
recluse
n. a person who lives in seclusion and often in solitude
recondite
adj. abstruse; profound
redoubtable
adj. formidable, arousing fear; worthy of respect
refractory
adj. stubborn; unmanageable; resisting ordinary methods of treatment
refulgent
adj. brightly shining; resplendent
refute
v. to contradict; disprove
regale
v. to entertain
relegate
v. to consign to an inferior position