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pare
peel or cut off the outer layer, reduce or trim as if cutting off the outer parts
parley
discussion, negotiation, esp. between enemies; to have such a discussion
parry
deflect or avoid; skillfully evade (a question)
pastiche
mix of incongruous parts; artistic work imitating the work of other artists, often satirically
pathogenic
capable of producing disease
pedant
person who pays excessive attention to book learning and rules, or who uses his or her learning to show off
peddle
travel around while selling; sell illegally; give out or disseminate
pejorative
disparaging, derogatory, belittling; a name or word that is disparaging
pellucid
transparent, translucent; clear, easy to understand
penitent
regretful, feeling remorse for one's sins or misdeeds; a person who feels this way
penumbra
outer part of a shadow from an eclipse; any surrounding region, fringe, periphery; any area where something "sort of" exists
penury
extreme poverty or scarcity
per se
intrinsically; by itself; in itself
peregrinate
travel from place to place, esp. on foot
perennial
lasting through the years or indefinitely, enduring; recurring
perfunctory
done superficially, without much care, or merely as routine
peripatetic
journeying from place to place; traveling on foot
pernicious
very harmful or destructive, deadly
perspicacious
having penetrating insight or good discernment
phalanx
formation of soldiers carrying shields close together for defense; any very close group of people