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pallid: abnormally pale; lacking intensity of color or luminousness

palpable: tangible; easily perceptible; unmistakable

panacea: remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all

paradigm: one that serves as a pattern or model; system of assumptions, concepts, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

paradox: something apparently contradictory in nature; statement that looks false but is actually correct

paragon: model of excellence or perfection; peerless example

paramount: foremost in importance; supreme in rank

parasite: animal or plant living on another

parched: dried out by heat; toasted or roasted slightly

pariah: social outcast; person who is rejected from society or home

parity: equality in status or amount; similarity or close

parochial: narrow in outlook; related to local church community

parody: work or performance that imitates another work or performance with ridicule or irony; make fun of

parry: avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing

parsimonious: excessively unwilling to spend; excessively sparing or frugal

parsimony: extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily

partisan: one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party

pathos: tender sorrow; pity; quality in art or literature that produces these feelings

patron: benefactor; regular customer

patronize: act as a patron to; support or sponsor

placid: peaceful; tranquil; calm or quiet

plaintiff: one who brings a suit in civil law against a defendant; accuser

plaudit: enthusiastically worded approval; round of applause

plausible: likely but not certain to be or become true or real

plethora: excess; over-fullness in any respect; superabundance

pliable: flexible; yielding; easily bent or shaped

plumage: covering of feathers on bird; feathers used ornamentally; elaborate dress

plummet: fall straight down; plunge; decline suddenly and steeply

podium: platform raised above surrounding level to give prominence to person on it

poignant: deeply moving; strongly affecting the emotions

poised: calm; collected; self-possessed

polemical: aggressive in verbal attack; disputatious

ponderous: slow and laborious because of weight; labored and dull

pontificate: speak pompously or dogmatically

portend: foretell; serve as an omen or a warning of; indicate by prediction

portent: omen; forewarning; something that portends an event about to occur, especially unfortunate or evil event

poseur: person who pretends to be sophisticated, elegant to impress others

posterity: descendants collectively; the race that proceeds from a progenitor; future generations

posthumous: after death, as of child born after father's death or book published after author's death

postulate: essential premise; underlying assumption

potable: suitable for drinking; drinkable

potent: powerful; having power to influence or convince; having great control or authority

pragmatic: practical as opposed to idealistic; concerned with the practical worth or impact of something

pragmatist: who acts in response to particular situations rather than upon abstract ideals; one who acts in a practical or straightforward manner

preamble: introductory statement; introductory paragraph or division of discourse or writing

precarious: uncertain; risky; dangerously lacking in security or stability

precedent: act or instance that may be used as example in subsequent similar cases

precept: rule or principle prescribing particular action or conduct; authorized direction or order

precinct: district or division of city; place or enclosure by definite limits

precipice: cliff; overhanging or extremely steep mass of rock; dangerous position

precipitous: extremely steep; descending rapidly, or rushing onward

preclude: make impossible, as by action taken in advance; prevent; eliminate

precocious: advanced in development; appearing or developing early

predecessor: former occupant of post; ancestor or forefather

predicament: tricky or dangerous situation; dilemma; troublesome

preeminent: outstanding; superior to or notable above all others

prerogative: privilege; unquestionable right; exclusive power to command

prescient: having fore-knowledge

presentiment: sense that something is about to occur; anticipatory fear; premonition

presumptuous: overconfident; going beyond what is right or proper; excessively forward

pretentious: intended to attract notice and impress others; making unjustified claims; overly ambitious

prevaricate: lie; stray from or evade truth; behave in evasive way such as to delay action

pristine: uncorrupted by civilization; primitive; remaining free from dirt or decay

proclivity: inclination; natural tendency; readiness; facility of learning

procrastinate: postpone or delay needlessly; put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness

prodigal: wasteful; reckless with money

prodigious: impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous

profane: violate; put to improper, unworthy, or degrading use; abuse

profanity: swearing; cursing

profound: deep; not superficial; far-reaching

profundity: depth

proletarian: member of working class; blue collar person

prolific: producing offspring or fruit in great abundance; fertile

proponents: promoters; supporters

prosaic: dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual

proscribe: command against; banish; outlaw

prosody: study of versification

prostration: 1. lying face down; 2. be overcome with extreme weakness

protagonist: principal character in a work of fiction; main character in a drama; leader of a cause; champion

remuneration: payment for work done

renown: fame; quality of being widely honored and acclaimed

replete: filled to brim or to point of being stuffed; abundantly supplied

reprehensible: deserving blame; admonition; blameworthy

reprieve: temporary relief from harm or discomfort; postponement or cancellation of punishment

repudiate: disown; refuse to acknowledge; reject validity or authority of

rescind: cancel; make void; repeal or annul

resignation: act of resigning or giving up, as a claim, possession, or office; surrender

resolution: determination; resolving to do something; formal statement of a decision

resonant: echoing; strong and deep in tone; resounding; having lasting presence or effect

respite: usually short interval of rest or relief; delay in punishment

resplendent: dazzling; glorious; shining with brilliant luster; very bright

restorative: a tonic

retention: preservation; withholding

reticent: inclined to keep silent; reserved; uncommunicative.

retraction: withdrawal; cancellation of a statement

revere: worship; regard with feelings of respect or honor

riddled: full of (usually full of holes)

rife: excessively abundant or numerous; in widespread existence, practice, or use

rigor: strictness or severity, as in temperament, action, or judgment; something hard to endure

robust: vigorous; full of health and strength; vigorous

rotund: round

ruminate: chew over and over mentally, or like cows physically; mull over; ponder

ruse: trick; use of artifice or trickery; deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture

saccharin: falsely sweet

sacrosanct: regarded as sacred and inviolable

sagacious: perceptive; shrewd; having insight

sage: one celebrated for wisdom, experience, and judgment; various plants of the genus Salvia

salacious: lustful; suggestive of or tending to moral looseness

sallow: yellowish

salubrious: healthful; favorable to health; promoting health; wholesome

salutary: tending to improve; beneficial; favorable to health

sanctimonious: excessively or hypocritically pious; possessing sanctity; sacred; holy; saintly; religious

sanction: give authorization or approval to something; penalize a state, especially for violating international law

sanguinary: bloodthirsty; bloody

sanguine: cheerfully confident; optimistic; of healthy reddish color; ruddy

sardonic: disdainful or ironically humorous; cynical; scornful and mocking

savant: scholar; man of learning or science; one eminent for learning

scale: climb up or over; alter according to a standard; estimate or measure; remove in layers

scapegoat: someone who bears the blame for others

scrupulous: exactly and carefully conducted; by extreme care and great effort; cautious

scrutinize: examine closely and critically

scuttle: scurry; run with short, rapid steps

seminary: school, especially a theological school for training of priests, ministers, or rabbis; school of higher education, especially for girls

sensuous: appealing to the senses

sentinel: one that keeps guard; soldier stationed as a guard

sequester: isolate; retire from public life; segregate; seclude

serendipity: gift for finding valuable or desirable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck

serene: completely clear and fine

serrated: saw-like; having a row of sharp or tooth-like projections

servile: slavish; suitable to slave or servant; relating to servitude or forced labor

skeptical: marked by or given to doubt; questioning

skirmish: minor battle in war; minor or preliminary conflict or dispute

sluggard: lazy person; person habitually lazy, idle, and slow; sluggish; lazy

smelt: melt or blend ores, changing their chemical composition

smorgasbord: a swedish buffet of cold dishes

solace: comfort or relieve in sorrow, misfortune, or distress

solicit: request earnestly; seek to obtain by persuasion or formal application

somnambulist: sleepwalker; person who walks in his sleep

soothsayer: fortuneteller

talisman: charm to bring good luck and avert misfortune; something that apparently has magic power

tangent: going off the main subject

tangible: able to be touched; real or concrete; palpable

tardy: late; delayed; moving slowly

tawdry: cheap in nature or appearance; tastelessly showy; shameful or indecent

tedium: dullness owing to length or slowness; boredom

temper: moderate; tone down or restrain; bring to a desired consistency; adjust finely

tenacious: sticking together; stubbornly unyielding; holding together firmly

tentative: hesitant; not fully worked out or developed; experimental; not definite or positive

tenuous: long and thin; slender; having little substance

terse: effectively concise; appearing as if wiped or rubbed, as smooth

therapeutic: curative; having or exhibiting healing powers; relating to healing art

thwart: hinder or prevent of ; frustrate

timorous: fearful; demonstrating fear; weakly hesitant

tirade: extended scolding; long angry or violent speech

titter: laugh in a restrained, nervous way; giggle

tome: large volume; large and scholarly book

torpid: having lost motion, or the power of exertion and feeling; numb; benumbed

torpor: state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility; sluggishness; dormancy

totter: walk unsteadily or feebly; stagger; sway, as if about to fall

tractable: easily managed or controlled; governable; easily handled or worked; docile

tranquil: free from disturbance; pacific

transcribe: copy; write over again in same words

transgress: pass over or beyond; surpass

transient: momentary; temporary; staying for short time

traverse: go through or across, often under difficult conditions

trepidation: state of alarm or dread; nervous apprehension; involuntary trembling or quivering

trinket: cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing

trite: repeated too often; over familiar through overuse; worn out by use

trivial: unimportant; of little significance or value; ordinary; commonplace

truant: wandering from business or duty; one who is absent without permission, especially from school

truncate: cut the top off; make shorter as if by cutting off

tumult: noise, as made by a crowd; riot or uprising

turpitude: depravity; corrupt, depraved, or degenerate act

tyro: beginner in learning something; novice

ubiquitous: being or existing everywhere; omnipresent

unalloyed: not alloyed; not reduced by foreign admixture; unmixed; unqualified; pure

unctuous: oily; composed of oil or fat; characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness

undermined: damaged; attacked

underscore: draw a mark or line under; emphasize; stress

unequivocal: admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; clear and unambiguous

unfetter: liberate; free from chains; set free or keep free from restrictions or bonds

unfrock: strip a priest or minister of church authority; remove from status as member of clergy

unprecedented: having no previous example; novel; unparalleled

unscathed: not harmed or damaged in any way; untouched

unwitting: not intended; not knowing; unaware; ignorant

upbraid: severely criticize; reprimand; reprove sharply

uproarious: characterized by loud, confused noise, or by noisy and uncontrollable laughter

upshot: final result; outcome or effect; central idea or point; gist

urbane: showing a high degree of refinement

utilitarian: practical and functional, not just for show

utopian: idealistic but usually impractical social reformer

vacillate: sway unsteadily from one side to the other; oscillate

vacuous: empty; showing lack of thought or intelligence; vacant

vagrant: person without home or job; bird found outside its species' usual range

vapid: dull and unimaginative; lacking taste or flavor

variegated: streaked, spotted, or marked with a variety of color; very colorful

vehemence: violence; fervor; forcefulness

vehement: forceful; intensely emotional; inclined to react violently

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