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obdurate
hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
durable is hard
obsequious
overly submissive and eager to please
the obsequious new associate made sure to compliment her supervisor's tie and agree with him on every issue
obstinate
stubborn, unyielding
obviate
to prevent; to make unnecessary
the river was shallow enough to wade across at many points, which obviated the need for a bridge
occlude
to stop up; to prevent the passge of
onerous
troublesome and oppressive; burdensome
the assignment was so extensive and difficult to manage that it proved onerous to the team in charge of it
opaque
impossible to see through; preventin the passage of light
oppobrium
public disgrace
ostentation
excessive showiness
paradox
a contradiction or dilemma
paragon
model of excellence or perfection
His is a paragon of what a model should be: beautiful, plastic, and hardworking.
pedant
someone who shows off learning
perfidious
willing to betray one's trust
the actress's perfidious companion revealed all of her intimate secrest to the gossip columnist
perfunctory
done in a routine way; indifferent
the machinelike bank teller processed the trasaction and gave the waiting cusomer a perfunctory smile. *if you funky your not routine, but if your perfuctory you are!
permeate
to penetrate
philanthropy
charity; a disire or effort to promote goodness
placate
to soothe or pacify
plastic
able to be molded, altered, or bent
plethora
excess
pregmatic
practical as opposed to idealistic
precipitate
to throw violently or bring about abruptly; lacking deliberation
prevaricate
to lie or deviate from the truth
*you vary from the truth - the guilty defendent prevaricated and claimed he was innocent
pristine
fresh and clean; uncorrupted
prodigal
lavish,wasteful
proliferate
to increase in number quickly
propitiate
to conciliate; to appease
the management propitiated the irate union by agreeing to raise wages for its members *when I pee, I feel appeased
propriety
correct behavior; obedience to rules and customes
the aristocracy maintianed a high level of propriety, adhering to even the most minor social rules
prudence
wisdom, caution, or restraint
pungent
sharp and irritating to the senses
quiescent
motionless