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perforce
routine
nascent
coming into being
patriarch
a person regarded as a founder or father
naive
unsophisticated
pert
bold;lively
myriad
infinitely vast in number
pedestrian
ordinary;common;banal
myrmidon
an unquestioning follower
peremptory
decisive or final
nadir
lowest point
penal
pertaining to punishment
narcissistic
vain
perquisite
something additional to regular pay
nabob
a very wealthy or powerful person
penchant
a strong liking for
myopic
having narrow point of view
perennial
lasting for a long time;perpetual
natation
the act of swimming
perceive
to observe or understand
pertinent
to the point
peevish
hard to please
personification
giving human qualities to a nonhuman being or to abstract ideas
pacify
to calm down
persevere
to endure
penury
extreme poverty
perspicuity
sharp insight
penitent
expressing sorrow for a wrong doing
periphery
outside boundry;unimportant area of a subject
patronize
to be a customer or to talk down to
perspicacity
sharp insight
perceptible
recognizable
perplex
confuse
pandemonium
confusion
perigee
point nearest to the earth
paltry
worthless;small
pernicious
destructive
opaque
not transparent; not letting light pass through
permeate
to spread throughout
patrician
aristocrat
peroration
the concluding part of a speech
parrot
to repeat or imitate
perfidious
deceitful;unfaithful
pathos
deep feeling of pity
peregrinate
to travel;journey
parsimonious
stingy
perpetrate
to be guilty of
parochial
limited or related to church
nomenclature
a set of terms
orifice
opening
nurture
to nourish; to sustain
parry
to avoid something
neophyte
a beginner
passive
submissive
nonentity
person of little importance
opprobrious
shameful
nuance
small variation in meaning or color
orthodox
accepting traditional beliefs; conventional
nirvana
place of great happiness
parched
extremely thirsty
oaf
a dunce
paean
song of joy
nub
a small piece
pelt
skin of an animal
nominal
in name only; unimportant
optimist
one who sees the good side of things
nimble
quick
pectoral
pertaining to the chest
neologism
new use of a word
opulent
rich; luxurious
nutriment
nourishment
pathogenic
causing disease
nocturnal
pertaining to night
oracular
mysterious
novel
new; unusual
paucity
scarcity; lack of
nostalgic
longing for the past
panacea
an answer for all problems
objective
unbiased
ovoid
egg-shaped
neutralize
to make inneffective
opiate
narcotic; causing sleep
negate
to deny; to nullify
ordain
to order or establish
obfuscate
to confuse
paleontology
study of prehistoric life
nemesis
victorious rival
passe
out of date
obstinate
stubborn
organic
fundamental or essential
nonage
immaturity
ostentatious
showing off
nether
lower or under
palatable
pleasant to taste
oblivious
unmindful; unaware
onslaught
a furious attack
obloquy
bad reputaion resulating from public disgrace
ornate
showy
nomadic
wandering
onus
a burden
occult
secret or mysterious
paraphernalia
equipment
ocular
pertaining to sight
pensive
thoughtful
nicety
dainty or delicate
oscillate
to swing or move back and forth
nexus
connection or link
pecuniary
pertaining to money
nostrum
questionable medicine
peccadillo
a minor offense
oligarchy
government by only a few
palpitate
to beat rapidly
niggardly
stingy
pastoral
pertaining to the country
niche
recess in a wall or best place for a person
peculate
to steal
nugatory
worthless
patent
goverment protection for the invention;obvious
nefarious
evil
palsy
muscle paralysis
nonplus
to confuse
oration
a speech
noisome
harmful or offensive
panorama
unlimited view;comprehensive survey
numismatist
coin collecter
paltry
worthless;small
odious
digusting
patrimony
inherited right
nepotism
favoritism shown toward relatives
panache
a showy manner
obtuse
slow to understand
ordinance
a law
negligent
careless; neglectful
pang
a sharp pain
oblique
indirect
panoply
suit of armor;any protective covering
necromancy
magic
palatial
magnificent
nodule
a small limp
paroxysm
a sudden outburst
nettle
to irritate
paternal
fatherly
nonchalant
casual
ostracize
to banish
nuptial
pertaining to marriage
pedigree
a record of ancestors
obsequious
submissive or overly attentive
orbit
a path around an object
notorious
having a bad reputation
panagyric
an expression of praise
niggle
petty
overt
open; not hidden
ominous
threatening
orient
an area of the Far East; to adjust
obstreperous
loud and unruly
peer
an equal or to look at closely
nebulous
vague
peerless
without equal
odoriferous
giving off a pleasent smell
pallid
pale; dull
nativity
birth
palpable
capable of being touched
obscure
not clear; partially hidden
pejorative
insulting
nihilism
total rejection of law
pact
an agreement
novice
beginner
ossify
to change into bone or become rigid
odyssey
a long journey
parley
a conference
obsequy
a funeral rite
ovine
like a sheep
obsess
to control the thoughts or feelings of a person
pellucid
transparent
noxious
harmful to health
ornithology
study of birds
obeisance
gesture expressing deep respect
palliate
to lessen
non sequitur
something that is not logical
pedantic
to show off one's knowledge
offal
garbage
partisan
a strong supporter
obtrude
to push something toward or upon a person
opt
to choose
nullify
to make useless
pall
something that covers or to be unpleasent
obdurate
stubborn
optimum
the best; most favorable
oblation
an offering
pedagogue
a school teacher
noncommittal
no definite point of view
peon
common worker
obligatory
required
patronage
the power to make appointments to goverment jobs
omnivarious
eating anything; absorbing everything
parable
a simple story giving a moral or religious lesson
occlude
to close; to block out
paradigm
a model;an example
occidental
western
paradox
a statement that is contradictory,but probably true
officious
interfering
ostensible
apparent
ogre
a monster
paragon
a model of perfection
ogle
to look at with desire
paramount
supreme
olfactory
pertaining to smell
pariah
an outcast
obviate
to prevent
perdition
damnation
omen
a sign which indicates the future
onerous
burdensome
omnifarious
of all kinds
omnipotent
all-powerful
omniscient
all-knowing
nonpareil
unequaled