UIL Vocabulary 8

  1. periapt
    an amulet

    <Greek amulet; períaptos hung around...to fasten
  2. permissibility
    permissible: that can be permitted; allowable

  3. pernickety
    • persnickety:
    • 1. overparticular; fussy.
    • 2. snobbish or having the aloof attitude of a snob.
    • 3. requiring painstaking care.

  4. pertinacity
    the quality of being pertinacious; persistence

    Latin, stubborness, perseverance, steadfast
  5. petroglyph
    a drawing or carving on rock, made by a member of a prehistoric people.

  6. petulance
    petulant: moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, especially over some trifling annoyance

    Latin, impudence
  7. pharmacodynamics
    the branch of pharmacology dealing with the course of action, effect, and breakdown of drugs within the body.
  8. philanderer
    (of a man) to make love with a woman one cannot or will not marry; carry on flirtations.

    Greek, phílandros one who loves (of a woman, loving her husband); later used in fiction as a proper name for a lover, and apparently mistaken as “a man who loves”
  9. piacular
    • –adjective
    • 1. expiatory; atoning; reparatory.
    • 2. requiring expiation; sinful or wicked [criminal; atrociously bad]

    Latin, atoning
  10. placebo
    • 1. a substance having no pharmacological effect but given merely to satisfy a patient who supposes it to be a medicine.
    • 2. a substance having no pharmacological effect but administered as a control in testing experimentally or clinically the efficacy of a biologically active preparation.

    < Latin placēbō I shall be pleasing, acceptable
  11. plethoric
    • –adjective
    • 1. overfull; turgid; inflated: a plethoric, pompous speech.
    • 2. of, pertaining to, or characterized by plethora (overabundance).

    Greek, fullness
  12. pluvious
    of or pertaining to rain; rainy.

  13. poltroon
    • –noun
    • 1. a wretched coward; craven.
    • –adjective
    • 2. marked by utter cowardice.

    <French <Italian <Latin, young animal
  14. polydemic
    native to several countries or two or more regions.
  15. postprandial
    after a meal, especially after dinner

    Latin, prandi meal
  16. prelate
    an ecclesiastic of a high order, as an archbishop, bishop, etc.; a church dignitary.

    Latin, a civil or ecclesiastical dignitary
  17. promenade
    • 1. a stroll or walk, especially in a public place, as for pleasure or display.
    • 2. an area used for such walking.
    • 3. a march of guests into a ballroom constituting the opening of a formal ball.
    • 4. a march of dancers in square dancing.
    • 5. a formal dance; prom.

    <French, to lead out, to take for a walk <Latin, to drive (beasts) forward
  18. pronunciamento
    a proclamation; manifesto; edict.

  19. prototype
    • 1. the original or model on which something is based or formed.
    • 2. someone or something that serves to illustrate the typical qualities of a class; model; exemplar
    • 3. something analogous to another thing of a later period
    • 4. Biology . an archetype; a primitive form regarded as the basis of a group.

    Greek, original
  20. psychobabble
    writing or talk using jargon from psychiatry or psychotherapy without particular accuracy or relevance.
  21. pyrometer
    an apparatus for measuring high temperatures that uses the radiation emitted by a hot body as a basis for measurement.
  22. Quirinal
    • 1. one of the seven hills on which ancient Rome was built.
    • 2. the Italian civil authority and government (distinguished from the Vatican).

  23. quitclaim
    • Law .
    • 1. a transfer of all one's interest, as in a parcel of real estate, especially without a warranty of title.

    Anglo-French, to declare quit
  24. ranula
    • –noun Pathology .
    • a cystic tumor formed beneath the tongue, caused by obstruction of the sublingual or submaxillary gland or of a mucous gland.

    Latin, little frog, swelling
  25. recipience
    • 1. the act of receiving; reception.
    • 2. the state or quality of being receptive; receptiveness.
  26. refrangible
    capable of being refracted, as rays of light.
  27. recusant
    • 1. refusing to submit, comply, etc.
    • 2. obstinate in refusal.
    • 3. English History . refusing to attend services of the Church of England.

    Latin, to demur, object
  28. repetitious
    full of repetition, especially unnecessary and tedious repetition

  29. requisite
    required or necessary for a particular purpose, position, etc.; indispensable

    Latin, to seek
  30. resonance
    the prolongation of sound by reflection; reverberation

    Latin, resound
  31. revelatory
    • 1. of, pertaining to, or having the characteristics of revelation.
    • 2. showing or disclosing an emotion, belief, quality, or the like (usually followed by of ): a poem revelatory of the author's deep, personal sorrow.

  32. rhesus monkey
    a macaque monkey, Macaca mulatta , of S Asia: used extensively in medical research

    <Latin <Greek
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