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palimpsest

n. parchment used for second time after original writing has been erased

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palliation

n. act of making less severe or violent

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panoply

n. full set of armor

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paramour

n. illicit lover

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paranoiac

n. mentally unsound person suffering from delusions

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parapet

n. low wall at edge of roof or balcony

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parity

n. equality close resemblance

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parlous

adj. dangerous; perilous

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parturition

n. delivery; childbirth

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passé

adj. old-fashioned; past the prime

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pastiche

n. imitation of another's style in musical composition or in writing

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pathological

adj. pertaining to disease

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patina

n. green crust on old bronze works; tone slowly taken by varnished painting

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patois

n. local or provincial dialct

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peculation

n. embezzlement; theft

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pedant

n. scholar who overemphasizes book learning or technicalities

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pediment

n. triangular part above columns in Greek buildings

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pejorative

adj. having a deteriorating or depreciating effect on the meaning of a word

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pendulous

adj. hanging ; suspended

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pennate

adj. having wings or feathers

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peregrinations

n. journey

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perigee

n. point of moon's orbit when it is nearest the earth

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peristyle

n. series of columns surrounding a building or yard

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peroration

n. conclusion of an oration

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perquisite

n. any gain above stipulated salary

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personable

adj. attractive

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perspicuity

n. clearness of expression; freedom from ambiguity

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perspicuous

adj. plainly dressed

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pharisaical

adj. pertaining to the Pharisees; self-righteous; hypocritical

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phobia

n. morbid fear

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physiological

adj. pertaining to the science of the function of living organisms

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picaresque

adj. pertaining to rogues in literature

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piebald

adj. mottled; spotted

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plangent

adj. plaintive; resounding sadly

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platonic

adj. purely spiritual; theoretical; without sensual desire

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plausible

adj. having a show of truth but open to doubt; specious

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plebicite

n. expression of the will of a people by direct election

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plentitude

n. abundance; commpleteness

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polemic

n. controversy; argument in support of point of view

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polity

n. form of government of nation or state

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porphyry

n. ingenious rock containing feldspar or quartz crystals

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postprandial

adj. after dinner

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potable

adj. suitable for drinking

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preciosity

n. over-refinement in art or speech

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preempt

v. appropriate beforehand

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prehensile

adj. capable of grasping or holding

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premonitory

adj. serving to warn

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preponderance

n. superiority of power, quantity, etc.

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prerogative

n. privilege; unquestionable right

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prestige

n. impression produced by achievements or reputation

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preternatural

adj. beyond that which is normal in nature

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primogeniture

n. seniority by birth

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probe

v. explore with tools

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prognathous

adj. having projecting jaws

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projectile

n. missile

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proletarian

n. member of the working class

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propellants

n. substances which propel or drive worward

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prophylactic

adj. used to prevent disease