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opulence
wealth
oratorio
dramatic poem set to music
ordinance
decree
orifice
mouthlike opening; small opening
ornate
excessively decorated; highly decorated
ornithologist
scientific student of birds
oscillate
vibrate pendulumlike; waver
ossify
change or harden into bone
ostensible
apparent; professed; pretended
ostentatious
showy; pretentious
ostracize
exclude from public favor; ban
overt
open to view
pacifist
one opposed to force; antimilitarist
paean
song of praise or joy
palatable
agreeable; pleasing to the taste
papyrus
ancient paper made from stem of papyrus plant
parable
short, simple story teaching a moral
paradox
statement that looks false but is actually correct; a contradictory statement
paragon
model of perfection
parallelism
state of being parallel; similarity
paranoia
chronic form of insanity marked by delusions of grandeur or persecution
paraphernalia
equipment; odds and ends
paraphrase
restate a passage in one's own words while retaining thought of author
parasite
animal or plant living on another; toady; sycophant
paregoric
medicine that eases pain
pariah
social outcast
parlance
language; idiom
parley
conference
parody
humorous imitation; travesty
paroxysm
fit or attack of pain, laughter, rage
parricide
person who murders his own father; murder of a father
parry
ward off a blow
parsimonious
stingy; excessively frugal
partiality
inclination; bias
parvenu
upstart; newly rich person
passive
not active; acted upon
pastoral
rural
patent
open for the public to read; obvious
pathetic
causing sadness; compassion, pity; touching
pathos
tender sorrow; pity; quality in art or literature that produces these feelings
patriarch
father and ruler of a family or tribe
patricide
person who murders his father; murder of a father
patrimony
inheritance from father
paucity
scarcity
peccadillo
slight offense
peculate
steal; embezzle
pecuniary
pertaining to money
pedagogue
teacher; dull and formal teacher
pedantic
showing off learning; bookish
pediatrician
expert in children's diseases
penance
self-imposed punishment for sin
pell-mell
in confusion; disorderly
penchant
strong inclination; liking
pellucid
transparent;limpid; easy to understand
penance
self-imposed punishment for sin
pendant
hanging down from something
penchant
strong inclination; liking
pendent
suspended; jutting; pending
penitent
repentant
penurious
stringy; parsimonious
pensive
dreamily thoughtful; thoughtful with a hint of sadness
penury
extreme poverty
percussion
striking one object against another sharply
perdition
damnation; complete ruin
penumbra
partial shadow (in an eclipse)
peremptory
demanding and leaving no choice
perennial
lasting
perfidious
basely false
perfidy
violation of a trust
perforce
of necessity
perfunctory
superficial; listless; not thorough
palatial
magnificent
palaver
disucssion; misleading speech; chatter
palette
board on which painter mixes pigments
pallet
small, poor bed
palliate
easy pain; make less guilty or offensive
pallid
pale; wan
palpable
tangible; easily perceptible
palpitate
throb; flutter
paltry
insignifcant; petty
panacea
cure-all; remedy for all diseases
pandemonium
wil tumult
pander
cater to the low desires of others
panegyric
formal praise
panorama
comprehensive view; unobstructed view in all directions
pantomime
acting without dialogue