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pacify
v. soothe; make calm or quiet; subdue
pact
n. agreement; treaty
paean
n. song of praise or joy
painstaking
adj. showing hard work; taking great care
palatable
adj. agreeable; pleasing to taste
paleontology
n. study of prehistoric life
palette
n. flat surface on which painter mixes pigments; range of color commonly used by a particular artist
pall
v. grow tiresome
palliate
v. lessen the violence of (a disease); alleviate; moderate intensity; gloss over with excuses
pallid
adj. pale; wan
palpable
adj. tangible; easily perceptible; unmistakable
palpitate
v. throb; flutter
paltry
adj. insignificant; petty; trifling
pan
v. criticize harshly
panacea
n. cure-all; remedy for all disease
panache
n. flair; flamboyance
pandemic
adj. widespread; affecting the majority of people
pandemonium
n. wild tumult
pander
v. cater to the low desires of others
panegyric
n. formal praise
panoramic
adj. related to an unobstructed and comprehensive view
pantomime
n. acting without dialogue
papyrus
n. ancient paper made from stem of papyrus plant
parable
n. short, simple story teaching a moral
paradigm
n. model; example; pattern
paradox
n. something apparently contradictory in nature; statement that looks false but is actually correct
paragon
n. model of perfection
parallelism
n. state of being parallel; similarity
parameter
n. boundary; limiting factor; distinguishing characteristic
paramount
adj. foremost in importance; supreme
paranoia
n. psychosis marked by delusions of grandeur or persecution
paraphernalia
n. equipment; odds and ends
paraphrase
v. restate a passage in one's own words while retaining thought of author
parasite
n. animal or plant living on another; toady; sycophant
parched
adj. extremely dry; very thirsty
pariah
n. social outcast
parity
n. equality in status or amount; close resemblance
parochial
adj. narrow in outlook; provincial; related to parishes
parody
n. humorous imitation; spoof; takeoff; travesty
paroxysm
n. fit or attack of pain, laughter; rage
parry
v. ward off a blow; deflect
parsimony
n. stinginess; excessive frugality
partial
adj. incomplete; having a liking for something
partiality
n. inclination; bias
partisan
adj. one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
partition
v. divided into parts
passive
adj. not active; acted upon
passport
n. legal document identifying the bearer as a citizen of a country and allowing him or her to travel abroad
pastiche
n. piece of writing or music made up of borrowed bits and pieces; hodgepodge
pastoral
adj. rural; simple and peaceful; idyllic; related to shepherds
patent
adj. open for the public to read; obvious
pathetic
adj. causing sadness; compassion, pity; touching
pathological
adj. related to the study of disease; diseased or markedly abnormal
pathos
n. tender sorrow; pity; quality in art or literature that produces these feelings
patina
n. green crust on old bronze works; tone slowly taken by varnished painting
patriarch
n. father and ruler of a family or tribe
patrician
adj. noble; aristocratic
patronize
v. support; act superior toward; be a customer of
paucity
n. scarcity
pauper
n. very poor person
peccadillo
n. slight offense