English 4-1

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pantomime

acting without dialogue

papyrus

ancient paper made from stem of papyrus plant

parable

short, simple story teaching a moral

paradox

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

paragon

model of perfection

parallelism

state of being parallel; similarity

paranoia

chronic form of insanity marked by delusions of grandeur or persecution

paraphernalia

equipment; odds and ends

paraphrase

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

parasite

animal or plant living on another; toady; sycophant

paregoric

medicine that eases pain

pariah

social outcast

parlance

language; idiom

parley

conference

parody

humorous imitation; travesty

paroxysm

fit or attack of pain, laughter, rage

parricide

person who murders his own father; murder of a father

parry

ward off a blow

parsimonious

stingy; excessively frugal

partiality

inclination; bias

patent

open for the public to read; obvious

pathetic

causing sadness, compassion, pity; touching

pathos

tender sorrow; pity; qualityin art or literature that produces these feelings

patrimony

inheritance from father

paucity

scarcity

peccadillo

slight offense

peculate

steal; embezzle

pecuniary

pertaining to money

pedagogue

teacher; dull and formal teacher

pedantic

showing off learning; bookish

pediatrician

expert in children's diseases

pelf

stolen property; money or wealth

pell-mell

in confusion; disorderly

pellucid

transparent; limpid; easy to understand

penance

self-imposed punishment for sin

penchant

strong inclinaiton; liking

pendant

hanging down from something

pendent

suspended: jutting; pending

penitent

repentant

penury

extreme poverty

percussion

striking one object against another sharply

perdition

damnation; complete ruin

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