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pacify v
To bring into a peaceful state
packet n
A bundle, as of letters
pact n
A covenant
pagan n
A worshiper of false gods
pageant n
A dramatic representation, especially a spectacular one
palate n
The roof of the mouth
palatial adj
Magnificent
paleontology n
The branch of biology that treats of ancient life and fossil organisms
palette n
A thin tablet, with a hole for the thumb, upon which artists lay their colors for painting
palinode n
A retraction
pall v
To make dull by satiety
palliate v
To cause to appear less guilty
pallid adj
Of a pale or wan appearance
palpable n
perceptible by feeling or touch
palsy n
Paralysis
paly adj
Lacking color or brilliancy
pamphlet n
A brief treatise or essay, usually on a subject of current interest
pamphleteer v
To compose or issue pamphlets, especially controversial ones
panacea n
A remedy or medicine proposed for or professing to cure all diseases
Pan-American adj
Including or pertaining to the whole of America, both North and South
pandemic adj
Affecting a whole people or all classes, as a disease
pandemonium n
A fiendish or riotous uproar
panegyric n
A formal and elaborate eulogy, written or spoken, of a person or of an act
panel n
A rectangular piece set in or as in a frame
panic n
A sudden, unreasonable, overpowering fear
panoply n
A full set of armor
panorama n
A series of large pictures representing a continuous scene
pantheism n
The worship of nature for itself or its beauty
Pantheon n
A circular temple at Rome with a fine Corinthian portico and a great domed roof
pantomime n
Sign-language
pantoscope n
A very wide-angled photographic lens
papacy n
The official head of the Roman Catholic Church
papyrus n
The writing-paper of the ancient Egyptians, and later of the Romans
parable n
A brief narrative founded on real scenes or events usually with a moral
paradox n
A statement or doctrine seemingly in contradiction to the received belief
paragon n
A model of excellence
parallel v
To cause to correspond or lie in the same direction and equidistant in all parts
parallelism n
Essential likeness
paralysis n
Loss of the power of contractility in the voluntary or involuntary muscles
paralyze v
To deprive of the power to act
paramount adj
Supreme in authority
paramour n
One who is unlawfully and immorally a lover or a mistress
paraphernalia n
Miscellaneous articles of equipment or adornment
paraphrase v
Translate freely
pare v
To cut, shave, or remove (the outside) from anything
parentage n
The relation of parent to child, of the producer to the produced, or of cause to effect
Pariah n
A member of a degraded class; a social outcast
parish n
The ecclesiastical district in charge of a pastor
Parisian adj
Of or pertaining to the city of Paris
parity n
Equality, as of condition or rank
parlance n
Mode of speech
parley v
To converse in
parliament n
A legislative body
parlor n
A room for reception of callers or entertainment of guests
parody v
To render ludicrous by imitating the language of
paronymous adj
Derived from the same root or primitive word
paroxysm n
A sudden outburst of any kind of activity
parricide n
The murder of a parent
parse v
To describe, as a sentence, by separating it into its elements and describing each word
parsimonious adj
Unduly sparing in the use or expenditure of money
partible adj
Separable
participant n
One having a share or part
participate v
To receive or have a part or share of
partition n
That which separates anything into distinct parts
partisan adj
Characterized by or exhibiting undue or unreasoning devotion to a party
passible adj
Capable of feeling of suffering
passive adj
Unresponsive
pastoral adj
Having the spirit or sentiment of rural life
paternal adj
Fatherly
paternity n
Fatherhood
pathos n
The quality in any form of representation that rouses emotion or sympathy
patriarch n
The chief of a tribe or race who rules by paternal right
patrician adj
Of senatorial or noble rank
patrimony n
An inheritance from an ancestor, especially from one's father
patriotism n
Love and devotion to one's country
patronize v
To exercise an arrogant condescension toward
patronymic adj
Formed after one's father's name
patter v
To mumble something over and over
paucity n
Fewness
pauper n
One without means of support
pauperism n
Dependence on charity
pavilion n
An open structure for temporary shelter
payee n
A person to whom money has been or is to be paid
peaceable adj
Tranquil
peaceful adj
Tranquil
peccable adj
Capable of sinning
peccadillo n
A small breach of propriety or principle
peccant adj
Guilty
pectoral adj
Pertaining to the breast or thorax
pecuniary adj
Consisting of money
pedagogics n
The science and art of teaching
pedagogue n
A schoolmaster
pedagogy n
The science and art of teaching
pedal n
A lever for the foot usually applied only to musical instruments, cycles, and other machines
pedant n
A scholar who makes needless and inopportune display of his learning
peddle v
To go about with a small stock of goods to sell
pedestal n
A base or support as for a column, statue, or vase
pedestrian n
One who journeys on foot
pediatrics n
The department of medical science that relates to the treatment of diseases of childhood
pedigree n
One's line of ancestors
peddler n
One who travels from house to house with an assortment of goods for retail
peerage n
The nobility
peerless adj
Of unequaled excellence or worth
peevish adj
Petulant (irritable)
pellucid adj
Translucent
penalty n
The consequences that follow the transgression of natural or divine law
penance n
Punishment to which one voluntarily submits or subjects himself as an expression of
penitence

penchant n
A bias in favor of something
pendant n
Anything that hangs from something else, either for ornament or for use
pendulous adj
Hanging, especially so as to swing by an attached end or part
pendulum n
A weight hung on a rod, serving by its oscillation to regulate the rate of a clock
penetrable adj
That may be pierced by physical, moral, or intellectual force
penetrate v
To enter or force a way into the interior parts of
penetration n
Discernment
peninsular adj
Pertaining to a piece of land almost surrounded by water
penitence n
Sorrow for sin with desire to amend and to atone
penitential adj
Pertaining to sorrow for sin with desire to amend and to atone
pennant n
A small flag
pension n
A periodical allowance to an individual on account of past service done by him/her
pentagram n
A figure having five points or lobes
pentavalent adj
Quinqeuvalent
pentad n
The number five
pentagon n
A figure, especially, with five angles and five sides
pentahedron n
A solid bounded by five plane faces
pentameter n
In prosody, a line of verse containing five units or feet
pentathlon n
The contest of five associated exercises in the great games and the same contestants
penultimate adj
A syllable or member of a series that is last but one
penurious adj
Excessively sparing in the use of money
penury n
Indigence
perambulate v
To walk about
perceive v
To have knowledge of, or receive impressions concerning, through the medium of the body senses
perceptible adj
Cognizable
perception n
Knowledge through the senses of the existence and properties of matter or the external world
percipience n
The act of perceiving
percipient n
One who or that which perceives
percolate v
To filter
percolator n
A filter
percussion n
The sharp striking of one body against another
peremptory adj
Precluding question or appeal
perennial adj
Continuing though the year or through many years
perfectible adj
Capable of being made perfect
perfidy n
Treachery
perforate v
To make a hole or holes through
perform v
To accomplish
perfumery n
The preparation of perfumes
perfunctory adj
Half-hearted
perhaps adv
Possibly
perigee n
The point in the orbit of the moon when it is nearest the earth
periodicity n
The habit or characteristic of recurrence at regular intervals
peripatetic adj
Walking about
perjure v
To swear falsely to
perjury n
A solemn assertion of a falsity
permanence n
A continuance in the same state, or without any change that destroys the essential form or nature
permanent adj
Durable
permeate v
To pervade
permissible adj
That may be allowed
permutation n
Reciprocal change, different ordering of same items
pernicious adj
Tending to kill or hurt
perpendicular adj
Straight up and down
perpetrator n
The doer of a wrong or a criminal act
perpetuate v
To preserve from extinction or oblivion
perquisite n
Any profit from service beyond the amount fixed as salary or wages
persecution n
Harsh or malignant oppression
perseverance n
A persistence in purpose and effort
persevere v
To continue striving in spite of discouragements
persiflage n
Banter
persist v
To continue steadfast against opposition
persistence n
A fixed adherence to a resolve, course of conduct, or the like
personage n
A man or woman as an individual, especially one of rank or high station
personal adj
Not general or public
personality n
The attributes, taken collectively, that make up the character and nature of an individual
personnel n
The force of persons collectively employed in some service
perspective n
The relative importance of facts or matters from any special point of view
perspicacious adj
Astute
perspicacity n
Acuteness or discernment
perspicuous adj
Lucid
perspiration n
Sweat
perspire v
To excrete through the pores of the skin
persuade v
To win the mind of by argument, eloquence, evidence, or reflection
persuadable adj
capable of influencing to action by entreaty, statement, or anything that moves the
feelings

pertinacious adj
Persistent or unyielding
pertinacity n
Unyielding adherence
pertinent adj
Relevant
perturb v
To disturb greatly
perturbation n
Mental excitement or confusion
perusal n
The act of reading carefully or thoughtfully
pervade v
To pass or spread through every part
pervasion n
The state of spreading through every part
pervasive adj
Thoroughly penetrating or permeating
perverse adj
Unreasonable
perversion n
Diversion from the true meaning or proper purpose
perversity n
Wickedness
pervert n
One who has forsaken a doctrine regarded as true for one esteemed false
pervious adj
Admitting the entrance or passage of another substance
pestilence n
A raging epidemic
pestilent adj
Having a malign influence or effect
pestilential adj
having the nature of or breeding pestilence
peter v
To fail or lose power, efficiency, or value
petrify v
To convert into a substance of stony hardness and character
petulance n
The character or condition of being impatient, capricious or petulant
petulant adj
Displaying impatience
pharmacopoeia n
A book containing the formulas and methods of preparation of medicines for the use of druggists
pharmacy n
The art or business of compounding and dispensing medicines
phenomenal adj
Extraordinary or marvelous
phenomenon n
Any unusual occurrence
philander v
To play at courtship with a woman
philanthropic adj
Benevolent
philanthropist n
One who endeavors to help his fellow men
philanthropy n
Active humanitarianism
philately n
The study and collection of stamps
philharmonic adj
Fond of music
philogynist n
One who is fond of women
philologist n
An expert in linguistics
philology n
The study of language in connection with history and literature
philosophize v
To seek ultimate causes and principles
philosophy n
The general principles, laws, or causes that furnish the rational explanation of anything
phlegmatic adj
Not easily roused to feeling or action
phonetic adj
Representing articulate sounds or speech
phonic adj
Pertaining to the nature of sound
phonogram n
A graphic character symbolizing an articulate sound
phonology n
The science of human vocal sounds
phosphorescence n
The property of emitting light
photoelectric adj
Pertaining to the combined action of light and electricity
photometer n
Any instrument for measuring the intensity of light or comparing the intensity of two lights
photometry n
The art of measuring the intensity of light
physicist n
A specialist in the science that treats of the phenomena associated with matter and energy
physics n
The science that treats of the phenomena associated with matter and energy
physiocracy n
The doctrine that land and its products are the only true wealth
physiognomy n
The external appearance merely
physiography n
Description of nature
physiology n
The science of organic functions
physique n
The physical structure or organization of a person
picayune adj
Of small value
piccolo n
A small flute
piece n
A loose or separated part, as distinguished from the whole or the mass
piecemeal adv
Gradually
pillage n
Open robbery, as in war
pillory n
A wooden framework in which an offender is fastened to boards and is exposed to public scorn
pincers n
An instrument having two lever-handles and two jaws working on a pivot
pinchers n
An instrument having two jaws working on a pivot
pinnacle n
A high or topmost point, as a mountain-peak
pioneer n
One among the first to explore a country
pious adj
Religious
pique v
To excite a slight degree of anger in
piteous adj
Compassionate
pitiable adj
Contemptible
pitiful adj
Wretched
pitiless adj
Hard-hearted