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Opulence

N. wealth

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Oratorio

N. dramatic poem set to music

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Ordinance

N. decree

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Ornate

ADJ. excessively decorated

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Ornithologist

N. scientific student of birds

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Oscillate

V. vibrate pendulum-like; waver

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Ossify

V. change or harden into bone

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Ostensible

ADJ. apparent; professed; pretended

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Ostentatious

ADJ. showy; pretentious

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Ostracize

V. exclude from public favor; ban

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Overt

ADJ. open to view

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Pacifist

N. one opposed to force; antimilitarist

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Paean

N. song of praise or joy

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Palatable

ADJ. agreeable; pleasing to the taste

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Palatial

ADJ. Magnificent

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Palaver

N. discussion; misleading speech; chatter

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Palette

N. board on which a painter mixes pigments

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Pallet

N. small, poor bed

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Palliate

V. ease pain

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Pallid

ADJ, pale; wan

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Palpable

ADJ. tangible; easily perceptible

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Palpitate

V. throb; flutter

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Paltry

ADJ. insignificant; petty

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Panacea

N. cure-all; remedy for all diseases

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Pander

V. cater to the low desires of others

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Panegyric

N. formal praise

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Parable

N. a short, simple story teaching a moral

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Paradox

N. statement that looks false but is actually correct; a contradictory statement

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Paragon

N. model of perfection

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Parallelism

N. state of being parallel; similarity

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Paraphernalia

N. equipment; odds and ends

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Paregoric

N. medicine that eases pain

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Pariah

N. social outcast

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Parlance

N. laguage; idiom

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Parley

N. conference

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Paroxysm

N. fit or attack of pain, laughter, or rage

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Parsimonious

ADJ. Stingy, excessively frugal

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Parvenu

N. upstart; newly rich person

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Pathos

N. tender sorrow; pity

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Patriarch

N. father and ruler of a family or tribe

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Patrimony

N. inheritance from father

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Paucity

N. scarcity

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Peccadillo

N. slight offense

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Peculate

V. steal; embezzle

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Pecuniary

ADJ. pertaining to money

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Pedagogue

N. teacher; dull and formal teacher

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Pedantic

ADJ. showing off learning; bookish

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Pelf

N. stolen property

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Pellucid

ADJ. transparent; limpid; easy to understand

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Penchant

N. strong inclination; liking

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Pendent

ADJ. suspended; jutting; pending

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Penumbra

N. Partial shadow

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Penurious

ADJ. stingy; parsimonious

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Penury

N. extreme poverty

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Perdition

N. damnation; complete ruin

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Peremptory

ADJ. demanding and leaving no choice

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Perennial

N. lasting

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Perfidious

ADJ. basely false

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Perfidy

N. violation of a trust

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Perforce

ADV. of necessity

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Perfunctory

ADJ. superficial; listless; not enough