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pachyderm

thick-skinned animal

palatable

AGREEABLE; pleasing to taste

palate

sense of taste

palatial

magnificent

palette

board on which a painter mixes pigments

palimpsest

parchment used for second time after original writing has been erased

pall

grow tiresome

pallet

small, poor bed

palliate

ease pain; make less severe or offensive

pallid

pale; WAN

palpable

easily perceptible; tangible

palpitate

throb; flutter

paltry

insignificant; trifling; petty

pan

criticize harshly

panacea

cure-all; remedy for all diseases

panache

flair; flamboyance

pander

cater to the low desires of others

parable

short, simple story teaching a moral

paradigm

model; example; pattern

parallelism

SIMILARITY; state of being parallel

parameter

LIMIT; independent variable

paramount

foremost in importance; supreme

paramour

illicit lover

paraphernalia

equipment; odds and ends

parasite

toady; sycophant

parched

extremely dry; very thirsty

pariah

social outcast

parity

equality; close resemblance

parlance

language; idiom

parley

conference

parochial

narrow in outlook; provincial; related to parishes

parish

a local church community

paroxysm

fit or attack of pain, laughter, rage

parry

ward off a blow; deflect; to defend yourself against someone who is attacking you by pushing their weapon or hand to one side; to avoid answering a question that is difficult to answer or that someone does not want to answer:

parsimony

stinginess; excessive frugality

partial

HAVING A LIKING FOR SOMETHING; incomplete

partiality

inclination; bias

partition

divide into parts

passe

old-fashioned; past the prime

pastiche

imitation of another's style in musical composition or in writing

patent

open for the public to read; obvious

pity

pathos, pathetic

patina

green crust on old bronze works; tone slowly taken by varnished painting

patois

local or provincial dialect

patrician

noble; aristocratic

pauper

very poor person

peccadillo

slight offense

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