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oscillate

vibrate pendulumlike; waver

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odyssey

long, eventful journey

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patent

open for the public to read; obvious

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pandemonium

wild tumult

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obstreperous

boisterous; noisy

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optimist

person who looks on the good side

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obsolete

no longer useful; outdated; antiquated

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painstaking

showing hard work; taking great care

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oligarchy

government by a privileged few

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omnivorous

eating both plant and animal food; devouring everything

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parochial

narrow in outlook; provincial; related to parishes

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pandemic

widespread; affecting the majority of people

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parasite

animal or plant living on another; toady; sycophant

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ordain

decree or command; grant holy orders; predestine

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outlandish

bizarre; peculiar; unconventional

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outspoken

candid; blunt

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ogle

look at amorously; make eyes at

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panache

flair; flamboyance

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paroxysm

fit or attack of pain, laughter, rage

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ominous

threatening

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parched

extremely dry

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outwit

outsmart; trick

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opulence

extreme wealth; luxuriousness; abundance

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paradigm

model; example; pattern

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partition

divide into parts

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palpitate

throb; flutter

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ossify

change or harden into bone

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ostensible

apparent; professed; pretended

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pan

criticize harshly

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parody

humourous imitation; spool; takeoff; travesty

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paramount

foremost in importance; supreme

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odious

hateful; vile

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pact

agreement; treaty

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ordinance

decree

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orthodox

traditional; conservatice in belief

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palliate

lessen the violence of; alleviate; moderate intensify

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parameter

boundary

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pariah

social outcast

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overwrought

extremely agitated; hysterical

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pastiche

piece of writing or music made up of borrowed bits and pieces

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parallelism

state of being parallel

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parable

short, simple story teaching a moral

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palette

flat surface on which painter mixespigments

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passport

legal document identifying the bearer as a citizen of a country

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optimum

most favorable

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partial

incomplete; having a liking for something

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oust

expel; drive out

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odorous

having an odor

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pathological

related to the study of disease; diseased or markedly abnormal

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pacify

soothe; make calm or quiet; subdue

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pathetic

causing sadness, compassion, pity; touching

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opiate

medicine to induce sleep or deaden pain; something that relieves emotions or causes inaction

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outmoded

no longer stylish; old fashioned

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paranoia

psychosis marked by delusions of grandeur or persecution

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outskirts

fringes; outer borders

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patina

green crust on old bronze works

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omnipresent

universally present; ubiquitous

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ovation

enthusiastic applause

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ornithology

study of birds

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pallid

pale; wan

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pantomime

acting without dialogue

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palatable

agreeable; pleasing to the taste

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onus

burden; responsibility

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opaque

dark; not transparent

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oracular

prophetic; uttered as if with divine authority; mysterios or ambiguous

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pacifist

one opposed to force; antimilitarist

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pall

grow tiresome

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panegyric

formal praise

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outstrip

surpass; outdo

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optional

not obligatory; left to one's choice

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offensive

attacking; insulting; distasteful

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orientation

act of finding oneself in society

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paraphernalia

equipment; odds and ends

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ornate

excessively or elaborately decorated

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overbearing

bossy and arrogant; decisively important

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panacea

cure all; remedy for all diseases

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pathos

tender sorrow

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panoramic

related to an unobstructed and comprehensive view

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officious

meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one's sefvices

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orator

public speaker

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parsimony

stinginess; excessive frugality

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obtrude

push forward or intrude; butt in; stick out or extrude

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ostracize

exclude from public favor; ban

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paean

song of praise or joy

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palpable

tangible; easily perceptible; unmistakable

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parry

ward off a blow

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opus

work

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pander

cater to the low desires of others

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ordeal

severe trial or affliction

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paradox

something apparently contradictory in nature

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patriarch

father and ruler of a family or tribe

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obstinate

stubborn

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odium

strong dislike or contempt; hatefulness;disrepute

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passive

not active; acted upon

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partisan

one sided; prejudiced; committed to a party

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partiality

inclination; bias

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orient

get one's bearing; adjust

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opportunist

individual who sacrifices principles for expediency by taking advantage of circumstances

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opalescent

iridescent; lustrous

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paltry

insignificant; petty; trifling

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obviate

prevent; make necessary

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olfactory

concerning the sense of smell

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pastoral

rural; simple and peaceful; idyllic

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paragon

model of perfection

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obtuse

blunt; stupid

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orgy

wild, drunken revelry; unrestrained indulgence in a tendency

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parity

equality in status or amount; close resemblance

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omnipotent

all powerful

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paraphrase

restate a passage in one's own words while retaining thought of author

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ostentatious

showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention

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onerous

burdensome

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overt

open to view

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ordination

ceremony making someone a minister

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opportune

timely; well chosen

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onset

beginning; attack

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offhand

casual; done without prior thought

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omniscient

all-knowing