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obsolete
adj.outmoded
obstetrician
n.physician specializaing in delivery of babies
obstinate
adj.stubborn; hard to cntrol or treat
obstreperous
adj.boisterous; noisy
obtrude
v.push (oneself or oen's ideas) forward or intrude; butt in; stick out or extrude
obtuse
adj.blunt; stupid
obviate
v.make unnecessary; get rid of
Occident
n.the West
occlude
v.shut; close
occult
adj.mysterious; secret; supernatural
oculist
n.physicain who specializes in treatment of the eyes
odious
adj.hateful; vile
odium
n.detestation; hatefulness; disrepute
odoriferous
adj.giving off an odor
odorous
adj.having an odor
odyssey
n.long, evenful journey
offensive
adj.attacking; insulting; distasteful
offhand
adj.casual; done without prior thought
officious
adj.meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one's serivces
ogle
v.look at amorously; make eyes at
olfactory
adj. concerning the sense of smell
oligarchy
n.government by a privileged few
ominous
adj.threatening
onslaught
n.vicious assault
opaque
adj.dark; not transparent
opportunist
n.individual who sacrifices principles for expediency by taking advantage of circustances
optional
adj.not compulsory; elft to one's choice
overwrought
adj.extremely agitated; hysterical
ovoid
adj.egg-shaped
pachyderm
n.thick-skinned animal
pacifist
n.one opposed to force; antimilitarist
pacify
v.soothe; make calm or quiet; subdue
paean
n.song of praise or joy
painstaking
adj.showing hard work; taking great care
palatable
adj.aggreeable; pleasing to the taste
palate
n.roof of the mouth
palatial
adj.magnificent
paleontology
n.study of prehistoric life
palette
n.board on which a painter mixes pigments
palimpsest
n.parchment used for second time after original writing has been erased
pall
v.grow tiresome
pallet
n.small, poor bed
palliate
v.ease pain; make less severe of offensive
pallid
adj.pale; wan
palpable
adj.tangible; easily perceptible
palpitate
v.throb; flutter
paltry
adj.insignificant; petty; trifling
pan
v.criticize harshly
panacea
n.cure-all; remedy for all diseases
panache
n.flair; flamboyance
pandemic
adj.widespread; affecting the majority of people
pandemonium
n.wild tumult
paradigm
n.model;example; pattern
parody
n.humorous imitation; spoof; takeoff; travesty
parry
v.ward off a blow; deflect
parsimony
n.stinginess; excessive frugality
partition
v.divide into parts
passive
adj.not active
pastiche
n.imitation of another's style in musical composition or in writing
pathetic
adj.causing sadness, compassion, pity; touching
patois
n.local or provincial dialect
patronize
v.support; act superior toward; be a customer of
paucity
n.scarcity
pauper
n.very poor person
peccadillo
n.slight offense
pedagogue
n.teacher
peerless
adj.having no equal; imcomparable
pejorative
adj. negative in connotation; having a belittling effect
pell-mell
adv. in confusion; disorderly
pellucid
adj.transparent; limpid; easy to understand
penumbra
n.partial shadow(in an eclipse)
penury
n.severe poverty; stinginess
perdition
n.damnation; complete ruin
pessimism
n.belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess
petrify
v.
petulant
adj.touchy; peevish
pharisaical
adj.pertaining to the Pharisees, who paid scrupulous attention to tradition; self-righteous; hypocritical.
philanderer
n.faithless lover; flirt
phlegmatic
adj, calm
phylum
n.major calssification, second to kingdom, of plants and animals; division
piebald
adj.of different colors; mottled; spotted
pillage
v.plunder
pinion
v.restrain
pious
adj.devout; religious
placid
adj.peaceful; calm
proxy
n.autorized agent
pugilist
n.boxer