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parasite
1 : a person who exploits the hospitality of the rich and earns welcome by flattery
2 : an organism living in, with, or on another organism in parasitism
3 : something that resembles a biological parasite in dependence on something else for existence or support without making a useful or adequate return
pariah
1 : a member of a low caste of southern India
2 : OUTCAST 1
passive
unactive, lethargic
pathetic
1 : having a capacity to move one to either compassionate or contemptuous pity
2 : marked by sorrow or melancholy : SAD
synonym see MOVING
pecuniary
1 : consisting of or measured in money
2 : of or relating to money
pedantic
1 : of, relating to, or being a pedant
2 : narrowly, stodgily, and often ostentatiously learned
3 : UNIMAGINATIVE, PEDESTRIAN
penchant
a strong and continued inclination; broadly : LIKING
synonym see LEANING
permeate
1 : to spread or diffuse through <a room permeated with tobacco smoke>
2 : to pass through the pores or interstices of
- per·me·ative /-"A-tiv/ adjective
perusal
1 a : to examine or consider with attention and in detail : STUDY b : to look over or through in a casual or cursory manner
2 : READ; especially : to read over in an attentive or leisurely manner
perversity
1 a : turned away from what is right or good : CORRUPT b : IMPROPER, INCORRECT c : contrary to the evidence or the direction of the judge on a point of law <perverse verdict>
philander
to have casual or illicit sexual relations with a woman or with many women; especially : to be sexually unfaithful to one's wife
philanthropist
one who follows goodwill to fellowmen
pithy
: consisting of or abounding in pith
2 : having substance and point : tersely cogent
platitude
1 : the quality or state of being dull or insipid
2 : a banal, trite, or stale remark
plethora
1 : a bodily condition characterized by an excess of blood and marked by turgescence and a florid complexion
2 : EXCESS, SUPERFLUITY; also : PROFUSION, ABUNDANCE
poignant
1 : pungently pervasive <a poignant perfume>
2 a (1) : painfully affecting the feelings : PIERCING (2) : deeply affecting : TOUCHING b : designed to make an impression : CUTTING <poignant satire>
3 a : pleasurably stimulating b : being to the point : APT
portent
1 : something that foreshadows a coming event : OMEN
2 : prophetic indication or significance
3 : MARVEL, PRODIGY
pragmatic
1 archaic a (1) : BUSY (2) : OFFICIOUS b : OPINIONATED
precedent
1 : an earlier occurrence of something similar
3 : a person or thing that serves as a model
preposterous
: contrary to nature, reason, or common sense : ABSURD