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nihilism
(n) total rejection of established laws and institutions OR the denial of all real existence
nonce
(n) the present or immediate
novitiate
(n) the state or period of being a beginner in anything
nugatory
(a) worthless OR ineffective OR invalid
obeisance
(n) a movement of deference (e.g., a bow)
oblique
(a) neither perpendicular nor parallel to a given line or surface OR indirect OR morally, ethically, or mentally wrong
occlude
(v) to close, shut, or stop up
oligarchy
(n) government by the few.
ontological
(n) the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence or being as such.
opine
(v) to hold or express an opinion.
opulent
(a) wealthy, rich, or affluent.
ostensible
(a) apparent
overwrought
(a) extremely or excessively excited or agitated OR elaborated to excess; excessively complex or ornate
paddy
(n) a rice field.
palatial
(a) of, pertaining to, or resembling a palace
palimpsest
(n) a parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text
pallet
(n) a makeshift bed, esp. of straw
palpable
(a) obvious; evident OR capable of being touched or felt; tangible
palynology
(n) the study of live and fossil spores, pollen grains, and similar plant structures
panacea
(n) A remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all.
panache
(n) a grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair
pantheon
(n) a public building containing tombs or memorials of the illustrious dead of a nation
parochial
(a) of or pertaining to a parish or parishes OR very limited or narrow in scope or outlook; provincial
paroxysm
(n) any sudden, violent outburst; a fit of violent action or emotion
parricide
(n) the act of killing one's father, mother, or other close relative
pastiche
(n) an incongruous combination of materials, forms, motifs, etc., taken from different sources; hodgepodge
pathos
(n) the quality or power of evoking a feeling of pity or compassion.
patina
(n) a film or incrustation, usually green, produced by oxidation on the surface of old bronze and often esteemed as being of ornamental value
patrician
(n) a person of noble or high rank; aristocrat.
patrimony
(n) anything inherited, esp. from the father
paucity
(a) scarcity
pavonine
(a) of or like a peacock
perambulate
(v) to walk through, about, or over; travel through; traverse
perdure
(v) to continue or last permanently; endure
peregrination
(n) travel from one place to another, esp. on foot
peremptory
(a) leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal OR positive or assertive in speech, tone, manner, etc.
petulant
(a) sudden, impatient irritation
phantasmagoria
(n) a shifting series of illusions or deceptive appearances, as in a dream or as created by the imagination
phantasmal
(a) unreal; illusory; spectral
pharisaic
(a) practicing or advocating strict observance of external forms and ceremonies of religion or conduct without regard to the spirit; self-righteous; hypocritical.
philter
(n) a potion, charm, or drug supposed to cause the person taking it to fall in love, usually with some specific person.
picaresque
(a) of, pertaining to, or resembling rogues.
pietistism
(n) intensity of religious devotion or feeling
pinguid
(a) fat; oily
pittance
(n) a small amount or share.
plangent
(a) resounding loudly, esp. with a plaintive sound, as a bell.
plaint
(n) a complaint OR a lament; lamentation
plaudit
(n) an enthusiastic expression of approval
plumb
(v) to make vertical OR to examine closely in order to discover or understand
plumbeous
(a) resembling or containing lead; leaden
plutocracy
(n) the rule or power of wealth or of the wealthy.
ply
(v) to work diligently
pogrom
(n) an organized massacre, esp. of Jews.
politesse
(n) formal politeness; courtesy
polity
(n) a system of government
poltroon
(n) a wretched coward; craven
polymath
(n) a person of great learning in several fields of study; polyhistor
polysemic
(a) having multiple meanings
porcine
(a) relating to swine
potent
(a) persuasive
prandial
(a) of or pertaining to a meal, esp. dinner
praxis
(n) practice, as distinguished from theory OR convention, habit, or custom
precarious
(a) unstable
precept
(n) a direction given as a rule
precipice
(n) a cliff with a vertical, nearly vertical, or overhanging face OR a situation of great peril
predicate
(v) to proclaim; declare; affirm; assert
predilection
(n) a tendency to think favorably of something in particular; partiality; preference:
prelapsarian
(a) characteristic of or pertaining to any innocent or carefree period
preponderance
(n) superiority in weight, power, numbers, etc.
prerogative
(n) an exclusive right, privilege, etc., exercised by virtue of rank, office, or the like
prestidigitation
(n) sleight of hand; legerdemain
preternatural
(a) out of the ordinary course of nature; exceptional or abnormal
proletariat
(n) the class of workers/wage earners
promontory
(n) a high point of land or rock projecting into the sea or other water beyond the line of coast; a headland.
promulgate
(v) to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation
prone
(a) lying face downward.
propound
(v) propose
proselytize
(v) recruit
protract
(v) to draw out or lengthen
protuberant
(a) bulging out
provenance
(n) place or source of origin
provincial
(a) belonging or peculiar to some particular province; local OR having or showing the manners, viewpoints, etc., considered characteristic of unsophisticated inhabitants of a province
provisional
(a) temporary