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obstreperous
boisterous; noisy and uncontrollable
obtuse
blunt; not sharp; stupid; slow in understanding
obviate
make unnecessary; get rid of; Ex. obviate the need
occult
mysterious; secret; supernatural; beyond human comprehension; CF. mysterious to human ?; OP. bare
odious
arousing strong dislike; hateful(causing hatred); vile
odium
detestation; quality of being odious; hatefulness; disrepute (resulting from hateful conduct)
odyssey
long, eventful, adventurous journey
offhand
casual; done without prior thought or preparation
officious
meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one's services; overly eager in offering unwanted services or advices; Ex. officious bellboy
oligarchy
government by a privileged few
ominous
threatening; of an evil omen
opprobrium
infamy; disgrace arising from shameful conduct; vilification(slander); scorn; contempt; Ex. opprobrium hurled against him; ADJ. opprobrious: expressing contempt; shameful or infamous
ordain
decree or command; grant holy orders; predestine; install as a minister, priest, or rabbi; N. ordainment; CF. ordination
ordeal
severe trial or affliction; difficult experience; trial(test of patience or endurance); affliction
ordinance
decree; authoritative order
ornithologist
scientific student of birds; N. ornithology: scientific study of birds
orthography
correct spelling; CF. ortho-: straight; correct; Ex. orthodontics
osseous
made of bone; bony
ostensible
apparent; appearing as such; professed(pretended); pretended; Ex. ostensible purpose of the expedition
ostentatious
showy; trying to attract attention; pretentious; N. ostentation: showy display
ostracize
banish from a group; exclude from public favor; ban; Ex. His friends ostracized him. N. ostracism
outspoken
candid; blunt
outstrip
outrun; surpass; outdo
overbearing
bossy; domineering and arrogant; decisively important; Ex. overbearing manner/importance; V. overbear: dominate
overt
open to view; public; not secret; CF. covert
overweening
arrogant; presumptuous
overwrought
nervous or excited; extremely agitated; hysterical; wrought-up; CF. wrought: made or done
paean
song of praise or joy; Ex. paeans celebrating the victory
palatial
of or suitable for a palace; magnificent
palimpsest
parchment or piece of writing material used for second time after original writing has been erased
pall
become boring; grow tiresome
pallet
small poor bed; Ex. straw pallet
palliate
ease pain (without curing); make less severe or offensive (a crime or illness)
pallid
pale; wan; Ex. pallid complexion
palpitate
throb; beat rapidly; flutter; tremble; Ex. Her heart began to palpitate.
paltry
insignificant; petty; trifling; contemptible; Ex. paltry sum; CF. trash
pan
criticize harshly
panacea
cure-all; remedy for all diseases
pandemonium
wild tumult(commotion); wild noisy disorder; CF. Paradise Lost
pander
cater to (the low desires of others)
panegyric
formal praise; encomium; Ex. I don't deserve such panegyrics.
pantomime
acting without dialogue; V.
paradigm
model; example that serves as a model; pattern; list of all the inflectional forms of a word
paragon
model of perfection; Ex. paragon of virtue
paramour
illicit lover
paraphernalia
equipment; odds and ends used in a particular activity; personal belongings; Ex. photographic paraphernalia; CF. married woman's property exclusive of her dowry
parched
extremely dry; very thirsty; V. parch: make or become extremely dry (by exposure to heat)
parity
equality; close resemblance; CF. disparate
parlance
language; manner of speaking; idiom; Ex. in legal/common parlance
parley
conference (between opponents); CF. speak
parochial
narrow in scope or outlook; provincial; related to parishes
paroxysm
fit or attack of pain, laughter, rage; sudden outburst
parquet
floor made of wood strips inlaid in a mosaic like matter; CF. strip: long narrow piece
parry
ward off a blow; deflect; Ex. He parried the unwelcome question very skillfully; N.
pass\'e
old-fashioned; past the prime
pastiche
imitation of another's style in musical composition or in writing; work of art openly imitating the works of other artists
patent
obvious; easily seen; open for the public to read; of or protected by a patent; Ex. patent to everyone; N.
pathos
tender sorrow; pity; quality in art or literature that produces these feelings; Ex. pathos that runs through the novel
patina
green crust on old bronze works or copper; tone slowly taken by varnished painting
patois
local or provincial dialect
paucity
scarcity; dearth
pauper
very poor person
peccadillo
slight offense or fault; CF. sin
pecuniary
pertaining to money
pedagogue
teacher; CF. child leader
pedant
scholar who overemphasizes book learning, trivial details of learning, or technicalities
pedestrian
ordinary; dull; unimaginative(lacking in imagination); going on foot; Ex. pedestrian prose; N.
pedigree
ancestry; lineage
penance
self-imposed punishment for sin; Ex. do penance for one's sins; CF. penitent
penchant
strong inclination; strong liking (esp. for something that is disapproved of by other people); Ex. penchant for fast cars
penury
extreme poverty; stinginess; ADJ. penurious: very poor; stingy
peregrination
journey; V. peregrinate
peremptory
demanding and leaving no choice; imperative; Ex. peremptory decree/knock
perfunctory
done routinely and with little care; superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; Ex. perfunctory kiss
peripatetic
walking about from place to place (to work); moving; Ex. peripatetic school of philosophy
perjury
false testimony while under oath; V. perjure oneself: testify falsely under oath
pernicious
very harmful; deadly; very destructive; Ex. pernicious effect/anemia
peroration
conclusion of an oration; perorating; V. perorate: conclude a speech; speak at great length
perpetrate
commit an offense; do (something wrong)
perquisite(perk)
any gain above stipulated salary; Ex. perquisites such as free meals and a car
perspicacious
(of someone) having insight; penetrating; astute
perspicuity
clearness of expression; freedom from ambiguity
perspicuous
(of something) plainly expressed; easy to understand; Ex. perspicuous comments
pert
(esp. of a girl or young woman) impertinent; forward; trim; jaunty; Ex. pert young miss/hat
pertinacious
holding tenaciously to an action; stubborn; persistent
pestilential(pestilent)
causing plague; tending to cause death; baneful; N. pestilence: fatal epidemic disease (esp. bubonic plague)
petrify
turn to stone; cause to become stonelike; stun or paralyze
petulant
touchy; peevish; ill-tempered
pharisaical
pertaining to the Pharisees, who paid scrupulous attention to tradition; self-righteous; hypocritical
pestle
tool for mashing or grinding substances in a hard bowl or mortar