GRE Word List 35

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pecuniary

adj. pertaining to money

pedagogue

n. teacher

pedagogy

n. teaching; art of education

pedant

n. scholar who overemphasizes book learning or technicalities

pedantic

adj. showing off learning; bookish

pedantry

n. a ostentatious and inappropriate display of learning

pedestrian

adj. ordinary; unimaginative

pediatrician

n. physician specializing in children's diseases

peerless

adj. having no equal; incomparable

pejorative

adj. negative in connotation; having a belittling effect

pell-mell

adv. in confusion; disorderly

pellucid

adj. transparent; limpid; easy to understand

penance

n. self-imposed punishment for sin

penchant

n. strong inclination; liking

pendant

adj. hanging down from something

pendant

n. ornament (hanging from a necklace, etc.)

pendulous

adj. hanging; suspended

penitent

adj. repentant (also n.)

pensive

adj. dreamily thoughtful; thoughtful with a hint of sadness; contemplative

penumbra

n. partial shadow (in an eclipse)

penury

n. severe poverty; stinginess

peon

n. landless agricultural worker; bond servant

peonage

n. the practice of making a debtor work for his creditor until the debt is discharged

perceptive

adj. insightful; aware; wise

percussion

adj. striking one object against another sharply (also n.)

perdition

n. damnation; complete ruin

peregrination

n. journey

peremptory

adj. demanding and leaving no choice

perennial

n. something long-lasting (also adj.)

perfidious

adj. treacherous; disloyal

perfidy

n. betrayal of a trust

perforate

v. pierce; put a hole through

perfunctory

adj. superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm

perigee

n. point of moon's orbit when it is nearest the earth

perimeter

n. outer boundary

peripatetic

adj. walking about; moving

peripheral

adj. marginal; outer

periphery

n. edge, especially of a round surface

perjury

n. false testimony while under oath

permeable

adj. penetrable; porous; allowing liquids or gas to pass through

permeate

v. penetrate mutually or be interlocked

pernicious

adj. very destructive

peroration

n. conclusion of an oration

perpetrate

v. commit an offense

perpetual

adj. everlasting

perpetuate

v. make something last; preserve from extinction

perpetuity

n. a state of infinite or indefinitely long duration

perquisite

n. any gain above stipulated salary

personable

adj. attractive

perspicacious

adj. having insight; penetrating ; astute

perspicuity

n. clearness of expression; freedom from ambiguity

perspicuous

adj. plainly expressed

pert

adj. impertinent; forward

pertinacious

adj. stubborn; persistent

pertinent

adj. suitable; to the point

perturb

v. disturb greatly

perturbation

n. activity that is an intrusion or interruption

peruse

v. read with care

perusal

n. reading carefully with intent to remember

pervasive

adj. spread throughout

pervade

v. spread or diffuse through

perverse

adj. stubbornly wrongheaded; wicked and unacceptable

perversity

n. deliberately deviating from what is good

perversion

n. corruption; turning from right to wrong

pessimism

n. belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess

pessimistic

adj. expecting the worst in this worst of all possible worlds

pestilential

adj. causing plague; baneful

pestilence

n. a pernicious evil influence; any epidemic disease with a high death rate

pestle

n. tool for mashing or grinding substances in a hard bowl

petrify

v. turn to stone

petty

adj. trivial; unimportant; very small

petulant

adj. touchy; peevish

petulance

n. unreasonable touchiness or irritability

pharisaical

adj. pertaining to the Pharisees, who paid scrupulous attention to tradition; self-righteous; hypocritical

phenomena

n, pl. observable facts; subjects of scientific investigation

phenomenon

n, sing. an unusual, observable event

philanderer

n faithless lover; flirt

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