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Pali Tweet Definition of Pali Like Definition of Pali on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Middle Indo-Aryan language (Devanagari पाऴि) of north India, closely related to Sanskrit; the sacred language of the Buddhist scriptures. It has no native script, so it may be written in various alphabets, including Devanagari, Burmese, and Roman.
  2. The Prakrit language of the Buddha.
     
pas Tweet Definition of pas Like Definition of pas on Facebook
noun 
  1. A pace; a step, as in a dance.
     
per contra Tweet Definition of per contra Like Definition of per contra on Facebook
adverb 
  1. (legal) in contrast, on the contrary
     
perestroika Tweet Definition of perestroika Like Definition of perestroika on Facebook
noun 
  1. Gorbachev's reforms in the Soviet Union in the 1980s.
    • 2004: w: Chris Wallace (journalist), Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
    • :Gorbachev would introduce glasnost (openness and freedom) and (economic restructuring) to Russia under his tenure, ultimately freeing thousands of political prisoners and dissidents and trying to address the shortages in food and goods that had become the hallmarks of the failing Soviet economy.
     
pinata Tweet Definition of pinata Like Definition of pinata on Facebook
noun 
  1. (Latin America) A doll or other decorated container filled with candy, that gets hit with a hammer or a stick by blindfolded children during birthday parties or other celebrations until the candy falls out.
     
pococurante Tweet Definition of pococurante Like Definition of pococurante on Facebook
noun 
  1. such a person
adjective 
  1. apathetic, indifferent or nonchalant
     
poseur Tweet Definition of poseur Like Definition of poseur on Facebook
noun 
  1. One who affects some behaviour, style, attitude or other condition, often to impress or influence others.
He pretends draping things in miles of cloth is art, and that he"s an artist, but it"s always the same gimmick with different details, and he"s just a .
She only dresses like that because she thinks she is getting the boys' attention; she doesn"t even like the clothes. She"s such a .
     
precis Tweet Definition of precis Like Definition of precis on Facebook
noun (precis)
  1. (alternative spelling of, précis)
adjective 
  1. made with great precision
adverb 
  1. precisely; exactly
  2. just; by a narrow margin
     
premiere Tweet Definition of premiere Like Definition of premiere on Facebook
noun 
  1. The first showing of a film, play or other form of entertainment, often held as a special event with celebrity guests.
verb (premier, es)
  1. (intransitive) Of a film or play, to play for the first time.
The new film premieres this weekend.
  1. (transitive) To present a film or play for the first time.
The local theatre will its latest play this week.
     
presidio Tweet Definition of presidio Like Definition of presidio on Facebook
noun 
  1. A garissoned place, especially one that is or was, at one time, under Spanish control.
     
prima facie Tweet Definition of prima facie Like Definition of prima facie on Facebook
adjective 
  1. apparently correct; not needing proof unless evidence to the contrary is shown
adverb prima facies, facie
  1. at first sight; on the face of it
     
pro rata Tweet Definition of pro rata Like Definition of pro rata on Facebook
adverb (pos=pro rata, -)
  1. (context, of an allocation) In proportion to some factor that can be exactly calculated.
Tenants who have given 30 days' notice who do not leave on the last day of the month will be credited on a basis.
The workers' overtime is calculated on basis.
     
protege Tweet Definition of protege Like Definition of protege on Facebook
noun or protegé
  1. A person guided and protected by a more prominent person.
His status as a protege of the great artist had many benefits, but was ultimately a burden.
     
protegee Tweet Definition of protegee Like Definition of protegee on Facebook
noun or protégée
  1. A female protege.
     
pro tem Tweet Definition of pro tem Like Definition of pro tem on Facebook
adjective 
  1. temporary
adverb 
  1. temporarily; for the time being
     

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