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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