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mundane
wordly as opposed to spiritual
munificent
very generous
mutability
ability to change in form; fickleness
muted
silent; muffled; toned down
naivete
quiality of being unsophisticated; simplicity; artlessness; gullibility
nefarious
very wicked
negate
cancel out; nullify; deny
nonchalance
lack of concern; composure
nonentity
person of no importance; nonexistence
nostalgia
homesickness; longing for the past
notoriety
disrepute; ill fame
novelty
something new; newness
novice
beginner
nuance
shade of difference in meaning or color
nullify
to make invalid; void; abolish
nurture
nourish; educate; foster
obdurate
stubborn
objective
not influenced by emotions; fair
objective
goal; aim
obliterate
destroy completely
oblivion
obscurity; forgetfulness
oblivious
inattentive or unmindful; wholly absorbed
obscure
darken; make unclear
obsequious
slavishly attentive; servile; fawning; sycophantic
obsessive
related to thinking about something constantly; preoccupying
obstinate
stubborn; hard to control or treat
obtuse
blunt; stupid
officious
meddlesome; excessively pushy in offering one’s services
ominous
threatening
opaque
dark; not transparent
opportunist
individual who sacrifices principles for expediency by taking advantage of circumstances
optimist
person who looks on the good side
optional
not compulsory; left to one’s choice
opulence
extreme welath; luxuriousness; abundance
orator
public speaker
ornate
excessively or elaborately decorated
ostentatious
showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention
pacifist
one opposed to force; antimilitarist
painstaking
showing hard work; taking great care
paltry
insignificant; petty; trifiling
paradigm
model; example; pattern
paradox
something apparently contradictory in nature; statement that looks false but is actually correct
paragon
model of perfection
parochial
narrow in outlook; provincial; related to parishes
pardoy
humorous imitation; spoof; takeoff; travesty
parry
ward off a blow; deflect
parsimony
stinginess; excessive frugality
partial
incomplete
partial
biased; having a liking for something
partisan
one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
passive
not active; acted upon
paucity
scarcity; lack
pedantic
showing off learning; bookish
penchant
strong inclination; liking
pensive
dreamily thoughtful; thoughtful with a hint of sadness; contemplative
perceptive
insightful; aware; wise
perfunctory
superficial; not thorough; lacking interest, care or enthusiasm
peripheral
marginal; outer
perjury
false testimony while under oath
pernicious
very destructive
perpetuate
make something last; preserve from extinction
perturb
disturb greatly
pervasive
pervading; spread throughout every part
pessimism
belief that life is basically bad or evil; gloominess
petty
trivial; unimportant; very small
petulant
touchy; peevish
phenomena
observable facts; subjects of scientific investigation
philanthropist
lover of mankind; doer of good
pious
devout; religious
pitfall
hidden danger; concealed trap
pithy
concise; meaningful; substantial; meaty
pivotal
crucial; key; vital
placate
pacify; conciliate
plagiarize
steal another’s ideas and pass them off as one’s own
platitude
trite remark; commonplace statement
plausible
having a show of truth but open to doubt; specious
pliant
flexible; easily influenced
plight
condition, state (esp. a bad state or condition); predicament
poignancy
quality of being deeply moving; keenness of emotion
polemical
aggressive in verbal attack; disputatious
pomposity
self-important behavior; acting like a stuffed shirt
ponderous
weighty; unwieldy
porous
full of pores; like a sieve
potent
powerful; persuasive;
pragmatic
practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with the practical worth or impact of something
prattle
babble
precarious
uncertain; risky
precedent
something preceding in time that may be used as an authority or guide for future action
precipitate
rash; premature; hasty; sudden
precipitous
steep; overhasty
preclude
make impossible; eliminate
precocious
advanced in development
predator
creature that seizes and devours another animal; person who robs or exploits others
predecessor
former occupant of a post
predilection
partiality; preference
preposterous
absurd; ridiculous
prestige
impression produced by achievements or reputation
presumptuous
overconfident; impertinently bold; taking liberties
pretentious
ostentatious; pompous; making unjustified claims; overambitious
prevalent
widespread; generally accepted