English dictionary


pe |ˌpiːˈiː| — the 17th letter of the Hebrew alphabet

pea |piː| — seed of a pea plant used for food

pea-chick |ˈpiː tʃɪk| — a young peafowl

pea-souper |ˌpiː ˈsuːpər| — a heavy thick yellow fog

peace |piːs| — the state prevailing during the absence of war

peace-loving |ˈpiːsˌlʌvɪŋ| — inclined or disposed to peace

peaceable |ˈpiːsəbl| — inclined or disposed to peace

peaceful |ˈpiːsfl| — peacefully resistant in response to injustice

peacefully |ˈpiːsfəli| — in a peaceful manner

peacekeeper |ˈpiːˌskipər| — a member of a military force that is assigned (often with international sanction) to preserve peace in a trouble area

peacekeeping |ˈpiːskiːpɪŋ| — the activity of keeping the peace by military forces (especially when international military forces enforce a truce between hostile groups or nations)

peacemaker |ˈpiːsmeɪkər| — someone who tries to bring peace

peacenik |ˈpiːsnɪk| — someone who prefers negotiations to armed conflict in the conduct of foreign relations

peacetime |ˈpiːstaɪm| — a period of time during which there is no war

peach |piːtʃ| — cultivated in temperate regions

peach-colored  — having the color of a ripe peach

peachick |ˈpiːtʃɪk| — a young peafowl

peachy |ˈpiːtʃi| — very good

peacock |ˈpiːkɑːk| — European butterfly having reddish-brown wings each marked with a purple eyespot

peafowl |ˈpiːfaʊl| — very large terrestrial southeast Asian pheasant often raised as an ornamental bird

peahen |ˈpiːhen| — female peafowl

peak |piːk| — the most extreme possible amount or value

peaked |ˈpiːkt| — somewhat ill or prone to illness

peaky |ˈpiːki| — having or as if having especially high-pitched spots

peal |piːl| — a deep prolonged sound (as of thunder or large bells)

peanut |ˈpiːnʌt| — underground pod of the peanut vine

peanuts |ˈpiːnʌts| — an insignificant sum of money; a trifling amount

pear |per| — sweet juicy gritty-textured fruit available in many varieties

pear-shaped |ˈpeəʃeɪpt| — having a round shape tapered at one end

pearl |pɜːrl| — a smooth lustrous round structure inside the shell of a clam or oyster; much valued as a jewel

pearler |ˈpɜːlə| — a diver who searches for molluscs containing pearls

pearly |ˈpɜːrli| — informal terms for a human `tooth'

peasant |ˈpeznt| — a country person

peasantry |ˈpezəntri| — the class of peasants

peat |piːt| — partially carbonized vegetable matter saturated with water; can be used as a fuel when dried

peaty |ˈpiːti| — of or pertaining to or of the nature of peat

pebble |ˈpebl| — a small smooth rounded rock

pebbly |ˈpebli| — abounding in small stones

pecan |pɪˈkɑːn| — wood of a pecan tree

peccable |ˈpekəbəl| — liable to sin

peccadillo |ˌpekəˈdɪloʊ| — a petty misdeed

peccant |ˈpekənt| — liable to sin

peccary |ˈpekəri| — nocturnal gregarious pig-like wild animals of North America and South America

peck |pek| — (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

pecker |ˈpekər| — obscene terms for penis

peckish |ˈpekɪʃ| — somewhat hungry

pectin |ˈpektɪn| — any of various water-soluble colloidal carbohydrates that occur in ripe fruit and vegetables; used in making fruit jellies and jams

pectinate |ˈpektəneɪt| — like a comb

pectoral |ˈpektərəl| — either of two large muscles of the chest

peculate |ˈpekjʊleɪt| — appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use

peculation |ˌpekjʊˈleɪʃən| — the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else

peculator |ˈpekjʊleɪtə| — someone who violates a trust by taking (money) for his own use

peculiar |pɪˈkjuːliər| — beyond or deviating from the usual or expected

peculiarity |pɪˌkjuːliˈærəti| — an odd or unusual characteristic

peculiarly |pɪˈkjuːliərli| — uniquely or characteristically

pecuniary |pɪˈkjuːnieri| — relating to or involving money

pedagog  — someone who educates young people

pedagogic |ˌpedəˈɡɑːdʒɪk| — of or relating to pedagogy

pedagogical |ˌpedəˈɡɑːdʒɪkəl| — of or relating to pedagogy

pedagogically |pedaɡoɡicallei| — in a didactic manner

pedagogics |pedəˈɡɑːdʒɪks| — the principles and methods of instruction

pedagogue |ˈpedəɡɑːɡ| — someone who educates young people

pedagogy |ˈpedəɡɑːdʒi| — the principles and methods of instruction

pedal |ˈpedl| — a sustained bass note

pedant |ˈpednt| — a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit

pedantic |pɪˈdæntɪk| — marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects

pedantry |ˈpedntri| — an ostentatious and inappropriate display of learning

pedate  — of a leaf shape; having radiating lobes, each deeply cleft or divided

peddle |ˈpedl| — sell or offer for sale from place to place

peddler |ˈpedlər| — someone who travels about selling his wares (as on the streets or at carnivals)

peddling |ˈpedəlɪŋ| — the act of selling goods for a living

pederast |ˈpedəræst| — a man who has sex (usually sodomy) with a boy as the passive partner

pederasty |ˈpedəræsti| — sexual relations between a man and a boy (usually anal intercourse with the boy as a passive partner)

pedestal |ˈpedɪstl| — a support or foundation

pedestrian |pəˈdestriən| — a person who travels by foot

pediatric |ˌpidiˈætrɪk| — of or relating to the medical care of children

pediatrician |ˌpidiəˈtrɪʃən| — a specialist in the care of babies

pediatrics |ˌpidiˈætrɪks| — the branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of infants and children

pedicel |ˈpedəˌsel| — a small stalk bearing a single flower of an inflorescence; an ultimate division of a common peduncle

pedicle |ˈpedək(ə)l| — a small stalk bearing a single flower of an inflorescence; an ultimate division of a common peduncle

pediculosis |pɪˌdɪkjʊˈləʊsɪs| — infestation with lice (Pediculus humanus) resulting in severe itching

pediculus  — type genus of Pediculidae: true lice infecting humans

pedicure |ˈpedɪkjʊr| — professional care for the feet and toenails

pedigree |ˈpedɪɡriː| — the descendants of one individual

pedigreed |ˈpedəˌɡriːd| — having a list of ancestors as proof of being a purebred animal

pediment |ˈpedɪmənt| — a triangular gable between a horizontal entablature and a sloping roof

pedlar |ˈpedlər| — someone who travels about selling his wares (as on the streets or at carnivals)

pedology |pɪˈdɑːlədʒiː| — the branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of infants and children

pedometer |peˈdɑːmɪtər| — measuring instrument for recording the number of steps taken in walking

pedophile |ˈpedofaɪl| — an adult who is sexually attracted to children

peduncle |pɪˈdʌŋkəl| — the thin process of tissue that attaches a polyp to the body

pedunculate |pɪˈdʌŋkjʊlət| — having or growing on or from a peduncle or stalk

pee |piː| — liquid excretory product

peek |piːk| — a secret look

peekaboo |ˌpiːkəˈbuː| — a game played with young children; you hide your face and suddenly reveal it as you say boo!

peel |piːl| — British politician (1788-1850)

peeler |ˈpiːlər| — a performer who provides erotic entertainment by undressing to music

peeling |ˈpiːlɪŋ| — loss of bits of outer skin by peeling or shedding or coming off in scales

peen |piːn| — the part of a hammerhead opposite the flat striking surface (may have various shapes)

peep |piːp| — the short weak cry of a young bird

peeper |ˈpiːpər| — a viewer who enjoys seeing the sex acts or sex organs of others

peephole |ˈpiːphoʊl| — a hole (in a door or an oven etc) through which you can peep

peepshow |ˈpiːpʃoʊ| — an exhibition of pictures or objects viewed through a small hole or magnifying glass

peer |pɪr| — a person who is of equal standing with another in a group

peerage |ˈpɪrɪdʒ| — the peers of a kingdom considered as a group

peeress |ˈpɪrəs| — a woman of the peerage in Britain

peerless |ˈpɪrləs| — eminent beyond or above comparison

peeve |piːv| — an annoyed or irritated mood

peeved |ˈpiːvd| — aroused to impatience or anger

peevish |ˈpiːvɪʃ| — easily irritated or annoyed

peewit |ˈpiːwɪt| — large crested Old World plover having wattles and spurs

peg |peɡ| — a wooden pin pushed or driven into a surface

peg away |ˈpeɡ əˈweɪ| — work doggedly or persistently

peg down |ˈpeɡ ˈdaʊn| — fasten or secure with a wooden pin

Pegasus |ˈpeɡəsəs| — (Greek mythology) the immortal winged horse that sprang from the blood of the slain Medusa; was tamed by Bellerophon with the help of a bridle given him by Athena; as the flying horse of the Muses it is a symbol of highflying imagination

pegleg  — a prosthesis that replaces a missing leg

pegmatite |ˈpeɡməˌtaɪt| — a form of igneous rock consisting of extremely coarse granite resulting from the crystallization of magma rich in rare elements

peignoir |ˈpeɪnwɑːr| — a loose dressing gown for women

pejorative |pɪˈdʒɔːrətɪv| — expressing disapproval

peke |piːk| — a Chinese breed of small short-legged dogs with a long silky coat and broad flat muzzle

Pekinese |ˌpiːkɪˈniːz| — a Chinese breed of small short-legged dogs with a long silky coat and broad flat muzzle

Pekingese |piːkɪŋˈiːz| — a Chinese breed of small short-legged dogs with a long silky coat and broad flat muzzle

pekoe |ˈpiːkoʊ| — a superior grade of black tea; grown in India and Sri Lanka and Java

pelage |ˈpelij| — growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal

pelagic |pəˈlædʒɪk| — relating to or occurring or living in or frequenting the open ocean

pelargonium |ˌpelɑːrˈɡoʊniːəm| — geraniums native chiefly to South Africa; widely cultivated

pelf |pelf| — informal terms for money

pelican |ˈpelɪkən| — large long-winged warm-water seabird having a large bill with a distensible pouch for fish

pelisse |peˈliːs| — a sleeveless cape that is lined or trimmed with fur

pell-mell |ˌpel ˈmel| — in a wild or reckless manner

pellagra |pəˈlæɡrə| — a disease caused by deficiency of niacin or tryptophan (or by a defect in the metabolic conversion of tryptophan to niacin); characterized by gastrointestinal disturbances and erythema and nervous or mental disorders; may be caused by malnutrition or alco

pellet |ˈpelɪt| — a small sphere

pellicle |ˈpələk(ə)l| — thin protective membrane in some protozoa

pellucid |pəˈluːsɪd| — transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity

pelmet |ˈpelmɪt| — a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casing

pelt |pelt| — the dressed hairy coat of a mammal

peltate |ˈpelteɪt| — (of a leaf shape) round, with the stem attached near the center of the lower surface rather than the margin (as a nasturtium leaf for example)

pelting |ˈpeltɪŋ| — anything happening rapidly or in quick successive

pelvic |ˈpelvɪk| — of or relating to the pelvis

pelvis |ˈpelvɪs| — the structure of the vertebrate skeleton supporting the lower limbs in humans and the hind limbs or corresponding parts in other vertebrates

pemican  — lean dried meat pounded fine and mixed with melted fat; used especially by North American Indians

pemmican |ˈpemɪkən| — lean dried meat pounded fine and mixed with melted fat; used especially by North American Indians

pemphigus |ˈpemfəɡəs| — a skin disease characterized by large thin-walled blisters (bullae) arising from normal skin or mucous membrane

pen |pen| — a writing implement with a point from which ink flows

pen-and-ink |ˌpen ən ˈɪŋk| — a drawing executed with pen and ink

penal |ˈpiːnl| — serving as or designed to impose punishment

penalization |ˌpiːnəlaɪˈzeɪʃən| — the act of punishing

penalize |ˈpiːnəlaɪz| — impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on

penalty |ˈpenəlti| — the act of punishing

penance |ˈpenəns| — remorse for your past conduct

penchant |ˈpentʃənt| — a strong liking

pencil |ˈpensl| — a thin cylindrical pointed writing implement; a rod of marking substance encased in wood

pencilled |ˈpensəld| — drawn or written with a pencil

pendant |ˈpendənt| — an adornment that hangs from a piece of jewelry (necklace or earring)

pendent |ˈpendənt| — an adornment that hangs from a piece of jewelry (necklace or earring)

pending |ˈpendɪŋ| — awaiting conclusion or confirmation

pendulous |ˈpendʒələs| — having branches or flower heads that bend downward

pendulum |ˈpendʒələm| — an apparatus consisting of an object mounted so that it swings freely under the influence of gravity

Penelope |pəˈneləpi| — (Greek mythology) the wife of Odysseus and a symbol of devotion and fidelity; for 10 years while Odysseus fought the Trojan War she resisted numerous suitors until Odysseus returned and killed them

peneplain |ˈpiːnəˌpleɪn| — a more or less level land surface representing an advanced stage of erosion undisturbed by crustal movements

penetrability |ˌpenɪtrəˈbɪlɪti| — the quality of being penetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)

penetrable |ˈpenətrəbl| — capable of being penetrated

penetrate |ˈpenətreɪt| — pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

penetrating |ˈpenətreɪtɪŋ| — having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

penetration |ˌpenəˈtreɪʃn| — an attack that penetrates into enemy territory

penetrative |ˈpenətreɪtɪv| — having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

penguin |ˈpeŋɡwɪn| — short-legged flightless birds of cold southern especially Antarctic regions having webbed feet and wings modified as flippers

penicillin |ˌpenɪˈsɪlɪn| — any of various antibiotics obtained from Penicillium molds (or produced synthetically) and used in the treatment of various infections and diseases

penile |ˈpiːnaɪl| — of or relating to the penis

peninsula |pəˈnɪnsələ| — a large mass of land projecting into a body of water

peninsular |pəˈnɪnsələr| — of or forming or resembling a peninsula

penis |ˈpiːnɪs| — the male sex organ (`member' is a euphemism)

penitence |ˈpenɪtəns| — remorse for your past conduct

penitent |ˈpenɪtənt| — (Roman Catholic Church) a person who repents for wrongdoing (a Roman Catholic may be admitted to penance under the direction of a confessor)

penitential |ˌpenɪˈtenʃl| — showing or constituting penance

penitentiary |ˌpenɪˈtenʃəri| — a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes

penknife |ˈpennaɪf| — a small pocketknife; originally used to cut quill pens

penman |ˈpenˌmən| — informal terms for journalists

penmanship |ˈpenmənʃɪp| — beautiful handwriting

penn'orth |ˈpenəθ| — the amount that can be bought for a penny

pennant |ˈpenənt| — the award given to the champion

penniless |ˈpeniləs| — not having enough money to pay for necessities

pennon |ˈpenən| — a long flag; often tapering

penny |ˈpeni| — a fractional monetary unit of Ireland and the United Kingdom; equal to one hundredth of a pound

penny-pinching |ˈpɛnɪpɪntʃɪŋ| — extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily

pennyroyal |ˌpeniːˈrɔɪəl| — Eurasian perennial mint have small lilac-blue flowers and ovate leaves; yields an aromatic oil

pennyweight |ˈpenɪweɪt| — a unit of apothecary weight equal to 24 grains

pennyworth |ˈpeniwɜːrθ| — the amount that can be bought for a penny

penology |piːˈnɑːlədʒi| — the branch of criminology concerned with prison management and prisoner rehabilitation

penpusher  — a clerk who does boring paperwork

pension |ˈpenʃn| — a regular payment to a person that is intended to allow them to subsist without working

pension off |ˈpenʃən ˈɒf| — let go from employment with an attractive pension

pensionable |ˈpenʃənəbl| — entitled to receive a pension

pensionary |ˈpenʃəˌneriː| — the beneficiary of a pension fund

pensioner |ˈpenʃənər| — the beneficiary of a pension fund

pensive |ˈpensɪv| — deeply or seriously thoughtful

penstock |ˈpenstɑːk| — regulator consisting of a valve or gate that controls the rate of water flow through a sluice

pent |pent| — closely confined

pent-up |ˌpent ˈʌp| — characterized by or showing the suppression of impulses or emotions

pentad |ˈpenˌtad| — the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one

pentagon |ˈpentəɡɑːn| — a government building with five sides that serves as the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense

pentagonal |penˈtæɡənəl| — of or relating to or shaped like a pentagon

pentagram |ˈpentəɡræm| — a star with 5 points; formed by 5 straight lines between the vertices of a pentagon and enclosing another pentagon

pentahedron |ˌpentəˈhiːdrən| — any polyhedron having five plane faces

pentameter |penˈtæmɪtər| — a verse line having five metrical feet

pentangular |penˈtæŋɡjʌlər| — of or relating to or shaped like a pentagon

pentasyllabic  — having or characterized by or consisting of five syllables

Pentateuch |ˈpentətjuːk| — the first of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures comprising the first five books of the Hebrew Bible considered as a unit

pentathlon |penˈtæθlən| — an athletic contest consisting of five different events

Pentecost |ˈpentɪkɔːst| — seventh Sunday after Easter; commemorates the emanation of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles; a quarter day in Scotland

Pentecostal |ˌpentɪˈkɔːstl| — any member of a Pentecostal religious body

Pentecostalism |ˌpentɪˈkɒstəlɪzəm| — the principles and practices of Pentecostal religious groups; characterized by religious excitement and talking in tongues

penthouse |ˈpenthaʊs| — an apartment located on the top floors of a building

pentode |ˈpentoʊd| — a thermionic tube having five electrodes

penult |ˈpiːnəlt| — the next to last syllable in a word

penultima  — the next to last syllable in a word

penultimate |penˈʌltɪmət| — the next to last syllable in a word

penumbra |pəˈnʌmbrə| — a fringe region of partial shadow around an umbra

penurious |pəˈnʊriəs| — not having enough money to pay for necessities

penury |ˈpenjəri| — a state of extreme poverty or destitution

peon |ˈpiːən| — a laborer who is obliged to do menial work

peonage |ˈpiːənɪdʒ| — the condition of a peon

peony |ˈpiːəni| — any of numerous plants widely cultivated for their showy single or double red or pink or white flowers

people |ˈpiːpl| — (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

peopled |ˈpiːpəld| — furnished with people

pep |pep| — liveliness and energy

pepper |ˈpepər| — climber having dark red berries (peppercorns) when fully ripe; southern India and Sri Lanka; naturalized in northern Burma and Assam

pepper-and-salt |ˌpepər ən ˈsɒlt| — a fabric woven with flecks of light and dark

peppercorn |ˈpepərkɔːrn| — pungent seasoning from the berry of the common pepper plant of East India; use whole or ground

peppermint |ˈpepərmɪnt| — herb with downy leaves and small purple or white flowers that yields a pungent oil used as a flavoring

peppery |ˈpepəri| — having the piquant burning taste of peppers

peppiness  — liveliness and energy

peppy |ˈpepi| — marked by lively action

pepsin |ˈpepsɪn| — an enzyme produced in the stomach that splits proteins into peptones

peptic |ˈpeptik| — relating to or promoting digestion

peptide |ˈpeptaɪd| — amide combining the amino group of one amino acid with the carboxyl group of another; usually obtained by partial hydrolysis of protein

peptone |ˈpeptoʊn| — any of various water-soluble compounds that form by hydrolysis in the digestion of proteins to amino acids

peradventure |ˌpɝːrədˈventʃər| — doubt or uncertainty as to whether something is the case

perambulate |pəˈræmbjuleɪt| — make an official inspection on foot of (the bounds of a property)

perambulation |pəˌræmbjʊˈleɪʃən| — a walk around a territory (a parish or manor or forest etc.) in order to officially assert and record its boundaries

perambulator |pəˈræmbjuleɪtər| — a small vehicle with four wheels in which a baby or child is pushed around

percale |pərˈkeɪl| — a fine closely woven cotton fabric

perceivable |pəˈsiːvəbəl| — capable of being perceived especially by sight or hearing

perceive |pərˈsːv| — to become aware of through the senses

perceived |pərˈsiːvd| — detected by instinct or inference rather than by recognized perceptual cues

perceiver |pəˈsiːvər| — a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses

percent |pərˈsent| — a proportion in relation to a whole (which is usually the amount per hundred)

percentage |pərˈsentɪdʒ| — a proportion in relation to a whole (which is usually the amount per hundred)

percentile |pərˈsentaɪl| — (statistics) any of the 99 numbered points that divide an ordered set of scores into 100 parts each of which contains one-hundredth of the total

percept |ˈpərsept| — the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept

perceptibility |pəˌseptəˈbɪlɪti| — the property of being perceptible by the mind or the senses

perceptible |pərˈseptəbl| — easily seen or detected

perception |pərˈsepʃn| — the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept

perceptive |pərˈseptɪv| — of or relating to perception

perceptivity |ˌpɜːsəpˈtɪvɪtɪ| — a feeling of understanding

perceptual |pərˈseptʃuəl| — of or relating to the act of perceiving

perch |pɜːrtʃ| — support consisting of a branch or rod that serves as a resting place (especially for a bird)

perchance |pərˈtʃæns| — through chance

percipient |pərˈsɪpiənt| — a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses

percolate |ˈpɜːrkəleɪt| — the product of percolation

percolation |ˈpɝːkəleɪʃən| — the slow passage of a liquid through a filtering medium

percolator |ˈpɜːrkəleɪtər| — a coffeepot in which boiling water ascends through a central tube and filters back down through a basket of ground coffee beans

percuss |pərˈkəs| — strike or tap firmly

percussion |pərˈkʌʃn| — the act of playing a percussion instrument

percussionist |pərˈkəʃəˌnɪst| — a musician who plays percussion instruments

percussive |pərˈkʌsɪv| — involving percussion or featuring percussive instruments

percutaneous |ˌpɜːrkjuːˈteɪniəs| — through the unbroken skin; refers to medications applied directly to the skin (creams or ointments) or in time-release forms (skin patches)

perdition |pɜːrˈdɪʃn| — (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment

perdurable |pərˈdɜːrəbəl| — very long lasting

peregrinate |ˈperɪɡriːneɪt| — travel around, through, or over, especially on foot

peregrination |ˌperəɡrɪˈneɪʃn| — traveling or wandering around

peregrine |ˈperɪɡrɪn| — a widely distributed falcon formerly used in falconry

peremptorily |pəˈremptrəli| — in an imperative and commanding manner

peremptory |pəˈremptəri| — offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power

perennial |pəˈreniəl| — (botany) a plant lasting for three seasons or more

perennially |pəˈreniəli| — in a perennial manner; repeatedly

perestroika |ˌperəˈstroikə| — an economic policy adopted in the former Soviet Union; intended to increase automation and labor efficiency but it led eventually to the end of central planning in the Russian economy

perfect |ˈpɜːrfɪkt| — a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect)

perfectibility |pəˌfektəˈbɪlɪti| — the capability of becoming perfect

perfectible |pəˈfektəbəl| — capable of becoming or being made perfect

perfection |pərˈfekʃn| — the state of being without a flaw or defect

perfectionism |pərˈfekʃənɪzəm| — a disposition to feel that anything less than perfect is unacceptable

perfectionist |pərˈfekʃənɪst| — a person who is displeased by anything that does not meet very high standards

perfective |pərˈfektiv| — a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect)

perfectly |ˈpɜːrfɪktli| — completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers

perfidious |pərˈfɪdiəs| — tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans

perfidy |ˈpɜːrfədi| — betrayal of a trust

perforate |ˈpɜːrfəreɪt| — make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation

perforated |ˈpɜrfəˌreɪt̬ɪd| — having a hole cut through

perforation |ˌpɜːrfəˈreɪʃn| — a line of small holes for tearing at a particular place

perforce |pərˈfɔːrs| — by necessity; by force of circumstance

perform |pərˈfɔːrm| — carry out or perform an action

performance |pərˈfɔːrməns| — a dramatic or musical entertainment

performer |pərˈfɔːrmər| — an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience

performing |pərˈfɔːrmɪŋ| — the performance of a part or role in a drama

perfume |pərˈfjuːm| — a distinctive odor that is pleasant

perfumed |ˈpɜːrfjuːmd| — filled or impregnated with perfume

perfumer |ˈpɝːfjuːmər| — a person who makes (and sells) perfumes

perfumery |pərˈfjuːməri| — perfumes in general

perfunctorily |pəˈfʌŋktərɪli| — in a set manner without serious attention; as a formality

perfunctory |pərˈfʌŋktəri| — hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

perfuse |pərˈfjuːz| — force a fluid through (a body part or tissue)

perfusion |pəˈfjuːʒən| — pumping a liquid into an organ or tissue (especially by way of blood vessels)

pergola |ˈpɜːrɡələ| — a framework that supports climbing plants

perhaps |pərˈhæps| — by chance

peri |ˈpɪəri| — a beautiful and graceful girl

perianth |ˈperiːˌænθ| — collective term for the outer parts of a flower consisting of the calyx and corolla and enclosing the stamens and pistils

pericarditis |ˌperəkɑːrˈdaɪtɪs| — inflammation of the pericardium

pericardium |perəˈkɑːrdiːəmcæ| — a serous membrane with two layers that surrounds the heart

pericarp |ˈperiːˌkɑːrp| — the ripened and variously modified walls of a plant ovary

peridot |ˈperɪdɑːt| — a pale green variety of chrysolite; used as a gemstone

perigee |ˈperɪdʒiː| — periapsis in Earth orbit; the point in its orbit where a satellite is nearest to the Earth

perihelion |ˌperɪˈhiːlɪən| — periapsis in solar orbit; the point in the orbit of a planet or comet where it is nearest to the sun

peril |ˈperəl| — a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune

perilous |ˈperələs| — fraught with danger

perimeter |pəˈrɪmɪtər| — the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary

perinatal |ˌperɪˈneɪtl| — occurring during the period around birth (5 months before and 1 month after)

perineum |ˌperɪˈniːəm| — the general region between the anus and the genital organs

period |ˈpɪriəd| — an amount of time

periodic |ˌpɪriˈɑːdɪk| — recurring or reappearing from time to time

periodical |ˌpɪriˈɑːdɪkl| — a publication that appears at fixed intervals

periodically |ˌpɪəriˈɑdɪkli| — in a sporadic manner

periodicity |piːriːəˈdɪsɪtiː| — the quality of recurring at regular intervals

periodontal |ˌperiəˈdɑːntəl| — of or relating to or involving or practicing periodontics

periosteum |ˌperiːˈɑːstiːəm| — a dense fibrous membrane covering the surface of bones (except at their extremities) and serving as an attachment for tendons and muscles; contains nerves and blood vessels that nourish the enclosed bone

peripatetic |ˌperipəˈtetɪk| — a person who walks from place to place

peripeteia |peripeteia| — a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances (especially in a literary work)

peripetia |peripeteia| — a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances (especially in a literary work)

peripheral |pəˈrɪfərəl| — electronic equipment external to the circuit board that contains the CPU of a computer

periphery |pəˈrɪfəri| — the outside boundary or surface of something

periphrasis |pəˈrɪfrəsɪs| — a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things

periphrastic |ˌperɪˈfræstɪk| — roundabout and unnecessarily wordy

peripteral |pəˈriptərəl| — having columns on all sides

periscope |ˈperɪskoʊp| — an optical instrument that provides a view of an otherwise obstructed field

perish |ˈperɪʃ| — pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life

perishable |ˈperɪʃəbl| — food that will decay rapidly if not refrigerated

perisher |ˈperɪʃər| — bounder

peristalsis |ˌperɪˈstælsɪs| — the process of wavelike muscle contractions of the alimentary tract that moves food along

peristyle |ˈperəˌstaɪl| — a colonnade surrounding a building or enclosing a court

peritoneal |ˌperɪtəʊˈniːəl| — of or relating to or affecting the peritoneum

peritoneum |ˌperɪtəˈniəm| — a transparent membrane that lines the abdominal cavity in mammals and covers most of the viscera

peritonitis |ˌperɪtəˈnaɪtɪs| — inflammation of the peritoneum

periwig |ˈperəˌwiɡ| — a wig for men that was fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries

periwigged |ˈperɪwɪɡd| — wearing a wig popular for men in the 17th and 18th centuries

periwinkle |ˈperiwɪŋkl| — chiefly trailing poisonous plants with blue flowers

perjure |ˈpɜːrdʒər| — knowingly tell an untruth in a legal court and render oneself guilty of perjury

perjurer |ˈpɝːdʒərər| — a person who deliberately gives false testimony

perjury |ˈpɜːrdʒəri| — criminal offense of making false statements under oath

perk |pɜːrk| — an incidental benefit awarded for certain types of employment (especially if it is regarded as a right)

perkily |ˈpɝːkɪli| — in a perky manner

perkiness |ˈpɝːkɪnəs| — cheerfulness that bubbles to the surface

perky |ˈpɜːrki| — characterized by liveliness and lightheartedness

perm |pɜːrm| — a city in the European part of Russia

permafrost |ˈpɜːrməfrɔːst| — ground that is permanently frozen

permalloy |ˌpɜːrmˈælɔɪ| — an 80/20 alloy of nickel and iron; easily magnetized and demagnetized

permanence |ˈpɜːrmənəns| — the property of being able to exist for an indefinite duration

permanency |ˈpɝːmənənsi| — the property of being able to exist for an indefinite duration

permanent |ˈpɜːrmənənt| — a series of waves in the hair made by applying heat and chemicals

permanently |ˈpɜːrmənəntli| — for a long time without essential change

permanganate |pəˈmæŋɡəneɪt| — a dark purple salt of permanganic acid; in water solution it is used as a disinfectant and antiseptic

permeability |ˌpɜːrmiəˈbɪləti| — the property of something that can be pervaded by a liquid (as by osmosis or diffusion)

permeable |ˈpɜːrmiəbl| — allowing fluids or gases to pass or diffuse through

permeant  — spreading or spread throughout

permeate |ˈpɜːrmieɪt| — spread or diffuse through

permeation |ˌpɝːmɪˈeɪʃən| — the process of permeating or infusing something with a substance

Permian |ˈpɝːmiən| — from 280 million to 230 million years ago; reptiles

permissibility |pəˌmɪsɪˈbɪlɪtɪ| — admissibility as a consequence of being permitted

permissible |pərˈmɪsəbl| — that may be accepted or conceded

permission |pərˈmɪʃn| — approval to do something

permissive |pərˈmɪsɪv| — not preventive

permissiveness |pərˈmɪsɪvnəs| — a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior

permit |pərˈmɪt| — a legal document giving official permission to do something

permutable |pəˈmjuːtəb(ə)l| — capable of changing sequence

permutation |ˌpɜːrmjuˈteɪʃn| — an event in which one thing is substituted for another

permute |ˌpərˈmjuːt| — change the order or arrangement of

pernicious |pərˈnɪʃəs| — exceedingly harmful

pernickety |pərˈnɪkəti| — characterized by excessive precision and attention to trivial details

perorate |ˈperəˌreɪt| — conclude a speech with a formal recapitulation

peroration |ˌperəˈreɪʃn| — a flowery and highly rhetorical oration

peroxide |pəˈrɑːksaɪd| — a viscous liquid with strong oxidizing properties; a powerful bleaching agent; also used (in aqueous solutions) as a mild disinfectant and (in strong concentrations) as an oxidant in rocket fuels

perpendicular |ˌpɜːrpənˈdɪkjələr| — a straight line at right angles to another line

perpendicularity |ˈpɜːpənˌdɪkjʊˈlærɪtɪ| — the relation of opposition between things at right angles

perpetrate |ˈpɜːrpətreɪt| — perform an act, usually with a negative connotation

perpetration |ˌpɝːpɪˈtreɪʃən| — the act of committing a crime

perpetrator |ˈpɝːpəˌtretər| — someone who perpetrates wrongdoing

perpetual |pərˈpetʃuəl| — continuing forever or indefinitely

perpetually |pərˈpetʃuːəli| — everlastingly; for all time

perpetuate |pərˈpetʃueɪt| — cause to continue or prevail

perpetuation |pərˌpetʃəˈweɪʃən| — the act of prolonging something

perpetuity |ˌpɜːrpəˈtuːəti| — the property of being perpetual (seemingly ceaseless)

perplex |pərˈpleks| — be a mystery or bewildering to

perplexed |pərˈplekst| — full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment

perplexedly |pəˈpleksədli| — in a perplexed manner

perplexing |pərˈpleksɪŋ| — lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity

perplexity |pərˈpleksəti| — trouble or confusion resulting from complexity

perquisite |ˈpɜːrkwɪzɪt| — an incidental benefit awarded for certain types of employment (especially if it is regarded as a right)

perry |ˈperi| — United States philosopher (1876-1957)

persecute |ˈpɜːrsɪkjuːt| — cause to suffer

persecution |ˌpɜːrsɪˈkjuːʃn| — the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion)

persecutor |ˈpɝːsəˌkjuːtər| — someone who torments

Perseus |ˈpɝːsiəs| — (Greek mythology) the son of Zeus who slew Medusa (with the help of Athena and Hermes) and rescued Andromeda from a sea monster

perseverance |ˌpɜːrsəˈvɪrəns| — persistent determination

persevere |ˌpɜːrsəˈvɪr| — be persistent, refuse to stop

persevering |ˌpɝːsɪˈvɪərɪŋ| — quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness

perseveringly |ˌpɝːsɪˈvɪərɪŋli| — with perseverance

Persian |ˈpɜːrʒn| — a native or inhabitant of Iran

persiflage |ˈpɜːrsɪflɑːʒ| — light teasing

persimmon |pərˈsɪmən| — any of several tropical trees of the genus Diospyros

persist |pərˈsɪst| — continue to exist

persistence |pərˈsɪstəns| — the property of a continuous and connected period of time

persistency |pəˈsɪstənsɪ| — persistent determination

persistent |pərˈsɪstənt| — never-ceasing

persistently |pərˈsɪstəntli| — in a persistent manner

persnickety |pərˈsnɪkəti| — (used colloquially) overly conceited or arrogant

person |ˈpɜːrsn| — a human being

persona |pərˈsoʊnə| — an actor's portrayal of someone in a play

personable |ˈpɜːrsənəbl| — (of persons) pleasant in appearance and personality

personage |ˈpɜːrsənɪdʒ| — another word for person; a person not meriting identification

personal |ˈpɜːrsənl| — a short newspaper article about a particular person or group

personality |ˌpɜːrsəˈnæləti| — the complex of all the attributes--behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental--that characterize a unique individual

personalize |ˈpɜːrsənəlaɪz| — make personal or more personal

personalized |ˈpɝːsənəˌlaɪzd| — made for or directed or adjusted to a particular individual

personally |ˈpɜːrsənəli| — as yourself

personalty |ˈpɝːsənlti| — movable property (as distinguished from real estate)

personate |ˈpɝːsəneɪt| — pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions

personation |ˌpɝːsəˈneɪʃən| — imitating the mannerisms of another person

personhood |ˈpəːs(ə)nhʊd| — being a person

personification |pərˌsɑːnɪfɪˈkeɪʃn| — a person who represents an abstract quality

personify |pərˈsɑːnɪfaɪ| — invest with or as with a body; give body to

personnel |ˌpɜːrsəˈnel| — group of people willing to obey orders

perspective |pərˈspektɪv| — a way of regarding situations or topics etc.

perspex |ˈpɜːrspeks| — a transparent thermoplastic acrylic resin

perspicacious |ˌpɜːrspɪˈkeɪʃəs| — acutely insightful and wise

perspicacity |ˌpɜːrspɪˈkæsəti| — intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)

perspicuity |ˌpɝːspɪˈkjuːɪti| — clarity as a consequence of being perspicuous

perspicuous |pəˈspɪkjʊəs| — (of language) transparently clear; easily understandable

perspiration |ˌpɜːrspəˈreɪʃn| — salty fluid secreted by sweat glands

perspire |pərˈspaɪər| — excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin

persuadable |pərˈsweɪdəbəl| — being susceptible to persuasion

persuade |pərˈsweɪd| — win approval or support for

persuader |pəˈsweɪdər| — someone who tries to persuade or induce or lead on

persuasion |pərˈsweɪʒn| — the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communication intended to induce belief or action

persuasive |pərˈsweɪsɪv| — intended or having the power to induce action or belief

persuasively |pərˈsweɪsɪvli| — in a persuasive manner

persuasiveness |pərˈsweɪsɪvnəs| — the power to induce the taking of a course of action or the embracing of a point of view by means of argument or entreaty

pert |pɜːrt| — characterized by a lightly pert and exuberant quality

pertain |pərˈteɪn| — be relevant to

pertinacious |ˌpɜːrtnˈeɪʃəs| — stubbornly unyielding

pertinacity |ˌpɝːtɪˈnæsɪti| — persistent determination

pertinence |ˈpɝːtɪnəns| — relevance by virtue of being applicable to the matter at hand

pertinency  — relevance by virtue of being applicable to the matter at hand

pertinent |ˈpɜːrtnənt| — having precise or logical relevance to the matter at hand

pertly |ˈpɝːtli| — in an impudent or impertinent manner

pertness |ˈpərtnis| — inappropriate playfulness

perturb |pərˈtɜːrb| — disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed

perturbation |ˌpɜːrtərˈbeɪʃn| — an unhappy and worried mental state

perturbing |pəˈtɝːbɪŋ| — causing distress or worry or anxiety

peruke |pəˈruːk| — a wig for men that was fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries

perusal |pəˈruːzl| — reading carefully with intent to remember

peruse |pəˈruːz| — examine or consider with attention and in detail

Peruvian |pəˈruːviən| — a native or inhabitant of Peru

pervade |pərˈveɪd| — spread or diffuse through

pervasion |pəˈveɪʒən| — the process of permeating or infusing something with a substance

pervasive |pərˈveɪsɪv| — spreading or spread throughout

pervasiveness |pərˈveɪsɪvnəs| — the quality of filling or spreading throughout

perverse |pərˈvɜːrs| — marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict

perverseness |pəˈvɝːsnəs| — deliberate and stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline

perversion |pərˈvɜːrʒn| — a curve that reverses the direction of something

perversity |pərˈvɝːsəti| — deliberate and stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline

perversive |pəˈvɜːrsɪv| — tending to corrupt or pervert

pervert |pərˈvɜːrt| — a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior

perverted |pərˈvɜrt̬ɪd| — (used of sexual behavior) showing or appealing to bizarre or deviant tastes

pervious |ˈpɜːrviːəs| — admitting of passage or entrance

perviousness  — the quality of being penetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)

peseta |pəˈseɪtə| — formerly the basic unit of money in Spain; equal to 100 centimos

pesky |ˈpeski| — causing irritation or annoyance

peso |ˈpeɪsoʊ| — the basic unit of money in Uruguay; equal to 100 centesimos

pessary |ˈpesəri| — a contraceptive device consisting of a flexible dome-shaped cup made of rubber or plastic; it is filled with spermicide and fitted over the uterine cervix

pessimism |ˈpesɪmɪzəm| — the feeling that things will turn out badly

pessimist |ˈpesəməst| — a person who expects the worst

pessimistic |ˌpesɪˈmɪstɪk| — expecting the worst possible outcome

pest |pest| — a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal

pester |ˈpestər| — annoy persistently

pesthole |ˈpesthəʊl| — a breeding ground for epidemic disease

pesticide |ˈpestɪsaɪd| — a chemical used to kill pests (as rodents or insects)

pestiferous |peˈstifərəs| — contaminated with infecting organisms

pestilence |ˈpestɪləns| — a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal

pestilent |ˈpestələnt| — exceedingly harmful

pestilential |ˌpestɪˈlenʃl| — likely to spread and cause an epidemic disease

pestle |ˈpesl| — machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores

pet |ˌpiː iː ˈtiː| — a domesticated animal kept for companionship or amusement

petal |ˈpetl| — part of the perianth that is usually brightly colored

petard |pəˈtɑːrd| — an explosive device used to break down a gate or wall

peter |ˈpiːtər| — disciple of Jesus and leader of the Apostles; regarded by Catholics as the vicar of Christ on earth and first Pope

petiole |ˈpetɪoʊl| — the slender stem that supports the blade of a leaf

petite |pəˈtiːt| — a garment size for short or slender women

petition |pəˈtɪʃn| — a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority

petitionary |pəˈtɪʃəˌneriː| — of the nature of or expressing a petition

petitioner |pəˈtɪʃənər| — one praying humbly for something

petrel |ˈpetrəl| — relatively small long-winged tube-nosed bird that flies far from land

petrifaction |ˌpetrɪˈfækʃən| — the process of turning some plant material into stone by infiltration with water carrying mineral particles without changing the original shape

petrification |ˌpɛtrɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n| — the process of turning some plant material into stone by infiltration with water carrying mineral particles without changing the original shape

petrify |ˈpetrɪfaɪ| — cause to become stonelike or stiff or dazed and stunned from fright

petrochemical |ˌpetroʊˈkemɪkl| — any compound obtained from petroleum or natural gas

petrol |ˈpetrəl| — a volatile flammable mixture of hydrocarbons (hexane and heptane and octane etc.) derived from petroleum; used mainly as a fuel in internal-combustion engines

petrolatum |petrəˈleɪtəm| — a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum; used in medicinal ointments and for lubrication

petroleum |pəˈtroʊliəm| — a dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons

petrology |pəˈtrɑːlədʒi| — the branch of geology that studies rocks: their origin and formation and mineral composition and classification

petrous |ˈpetrəs| — (of bone especially the temporal bone) resembling stone in hardness

petticoat |ˈpetɪkoʊt| — undergarment worn under a skirt

pettifog |ˈpetiːˌfɑːɡ| — argue over petty things

pettifogger |ˈpetɪˌfɑːɡər| — a person (especially a lawyer or politician) who uses unscrupulous or unethical methods

pettifoggery  — a quarrel about petty points

pettily |ˈpetɪli| — in a petty way

pettiness |ˈpetinəs| — narrowness of mind or ideas or views

petting |ˈpetɪŋ| — affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs)

pettish |ˈpetɪʃ| — easily irritated or annoyed

petty |ˈpeti| — larceny of property having a value less than some amount (the amount varies by locale)

petulance |ˈpetʃələns| — an irritable petulant feeling

petulant |ˈpetʃələnt| — easily irritated or annoyed

petulantly |ˈpetjʊləntli| — in a petulant manner

petunia |pəˈtuːniə| — any of numerous tropical herbs having fluted funnel-shaped flowers

pew |pjuː| — long bench with backs; used in church by the congregation

pewit |ˈpiːwɪt| — small black-headed European gull

pewter |ˈpjuːtər| — any of various alloys of tin with small amounts of other metals (especially lead)

peyote |peɪˈoʊti| — a small spineless globe-shaped cactus; source of mescal buttons