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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