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Flashcards in peters vocab 8 Deck (20):
1

a person who lives at the expense of another with no benefit to the host

parasite

2

any person despised or rejected by others; outcast

pariah

3

inactive, submissive; yielding; offering no opposition or resitance

passive

4

expressing, arousing, or intended to arouse pity, sorrow, or sympathy; pitiful

pathetic

5

of or involving money

pecuniary

6

narrow concern for trivial points of learning and rules

pedantic

7

a strong liking or fondness; inclination; taste

penchant

8

to pass into or through; to spread throughout

permeate

9

the act or instance of perusing; to examine in detail; scrutinize; read carefully

persual

10

act of persisting in error or fault; stubbornly contrary, difficult or disobedience

perversity

11

to engage in love affairs frivolously or casually

philander

12

a person (usually wealthy) who possesses a desire to help mankind with gifts, money or charity

philanthropist

13

full of substance and meaning; concise

pithy

14

a commonplace or trite remark; flat or dull quality in speech or writing

platitude

15

too full; overabundance; excess

plethora

16

sharply painful to the feelings; piercing; profoundly moving

poignant

17

something that is about to occur; unfortunate event; omen

portent

18

concerned with actual practice, everyday affairs, facts and actual events (no theory or speculation)

pragmatic

19

instant that may be used as an example in dealing with later circumstances.

precedent

20

contrary to nature or reason and thus laughable

preposterous