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panic Tweet Definition of panic Like Definition of panic on Facebook
noun
  1. overpower, Overpowering fright.
verb (panics, panicking, panicked)
  1. To feel overwhelming fear.
paranoia Tweet Definition of paranoia Like Definition of paranoia on Facebook
noun
  1. A psychotic disorder characterized by delusions of persecution
  2. Extreme, irrational distrust of others
paranoid Tweet Definition of paranoid Like Definition of paranoid on Facebook
noun
  1. Someone suffering from paranoia
adjective
  1. Of, related to, or suffering from paranoia
  2. Exhibiting extreme and irrational fear or distrust of others
    • Just because I'm doesn't mean that they are not out to get me.
paraphilia Tweet Definition of paraphilia Like Definition of paraphilia on Facebook
noun
  1. any sexual deviation, which is considered abnormal in some societies or which may prevent or hinder one's ability to receive reciprocal love
pathological Tweet Definition of pathological Like Definition of pathological on Facebook
adjective
  1. Pertaining to pathology.
  2. Relating to or caused by a physical or mental disorder.
pederast Tweet Definition of pederast Like Definition of pederast on Facebook
noun
  1. A man who is engaged in an erotic relationship with an adolescent boy; a practitioner of pederasty.
pederasty Tweet Definition of pederasty Like Definition of pederasty on Facebook
noun
  1. erotic, Erotic love, sexually expressed or chaste, between a man and an adolescent boy.
  2. (archaic) anal, Anal intercourse in general, usually between a man and an adolescent boy.
pedophilia Tweet Definition of pedophilia Like Definition of pedophilia on Facebook
noun
  1. sexual feelings directed towards children (OED). A paraphilia consisting of a primary adult sexual attraction to prepubescent children (DSM-IV: Over a period of at least six months, recurrent, intense, sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children)
penis envy Tweet Definition of penis envy Like Definition of penis envy on Facebook
noun
  1. (psychoanalysis) the unconscious desire of a woman to possess a penis.
perseverate Tweet Definition of perseverate Like Definition of perseverate on Facebook
verb (perseverat, es)
  1. describing the behavior, generally displayed by those with various developmental disabilities, of extraordinary, exclusive and lasting obsession to a detail or occurrence others consider minor.
  2. to repeat or continue a pattern.
perturb Tweet Definition of perturb Like Definition of perturb on Facebook
verb (Wikipedia)
  1. To disturb; to bother or unsettle.
  2. (physics) To slightly modify the motion of an object.
  3. (astronomy) To modify the motion of a body by exerting a gravitational force.
  4. (math) To modify slightly, such as an equation or value.
perturbation Tweet Definition of perturbation Like Definition of perturbation on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) agitation, Agitation; the state of being perturbed
  2. (countable) A small change in a physical system, or more broadly any definable system (such as a biological or economic system)
  3. (physics), (astronomy) (countable) Variation in an orbit due to the influence of external bodies
perversion Tweet Definition of perversion Like Definition of perversion on Facebook
noun
  1. The action of perverting someone or something; humiliation; debasement.
  2. The state of being perverted; depravity; viciousness.
  3. A sexual practice or act considered abnormal; sexual deviance; immorality.
  4. An instance of such abnormal activity or behaviour; rape.
pervert Tweet Definition of pervert Like Definition of pervert on Facebook
noun
  1. One who has been perverted; one who has turned to error.
  2. A sexually perverted person.
verb
  1. (transitive) To turn another way; to divert.
  2. (transitive) To turn from truth, rectitude, or propriety; to divert from a right use, end, or way; to lead astray; to corrupt
pervert the course of justice
  1. To misapply; to misinterpret designedly.
pervert one's words
  1. (intransitive) To become perverted; to take the wrong course.
phobia Tweet Definition of phobia Like Definition of phobia on Facebook
noun
  1. An irrational or obsessive fear or anxiety, usually of or about something particular.
PN Tweet Definition of PN Like Definition of PN on Facebook
initialism
  1. part number
priapic Tweet Definition of priapic Like Definition of priapic on Facebook
adjective
  1. phallic
  2. masculine or excessively concerned with masculinity
Psyche Tweet Definition of Psyche Like Definition of Psyche on Facebook
noun
  1. In psychology and related fields, the psyche is the entirety of the non-physical aspects of a person
  2. Psychidae, or Bagworms, a family of Lepidoptera
proper noun
  1. 16 Psyche, an asteroid
  2. A Gothic band
  3. An album by British band Ant and Dec
  4. A code name for Red Hat Linux 8.0
  5. (Greek and Roman mythology) name of a girl loved by Cupid (or Eros)
  6. In late Greek art and literature, a goddess who is the personification of the soul; she is primarily known for her role in the story of Cupid and Psyche, best attested in Apuleius' novel The Golden Ass
psychiatrist Tweet Definition of psychiatrist Like Definition of psychiatrist on Facebook
noun
  1. (medicine) A medical doctor specializing in psychiatry.
psychoneurosis Tweet Definition of psychoneurosis Like Definition of psychoneurosis on Facebook
noun (psychoneuroses)
  1. (dated) neurosis
psychopath Tweet Definition of psychopath Like Definition of psychopath on Facebook
noun
  1. A person with a personality disorder indicated by a pattern of lying, exploitiveness, heedlessness, arrogance, sexual promiscuity, low self-control, and lack of empathy and remorse. Such an individual may be especially prone to violent and criminal offenses.
  2. A person diagnosed with antisocial or dissocial personality disorder.
  3. A person who has no moral conscience.
  4. Popular A person who perpetrates especially gruesome or bizarre violent acts.
psychopathic Tweet Definition of psychopathic Like Definition of psychopathic on Facebook
adjective
  1. Exhibiting the behaviors and personality traits of a psychopath.
A psychopathic killer is on the loose.
psychopathology Tweet Definition of psychopathology Like Definition of psychopathology on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, medicine, pathology) The study of the origin, development, diagnosis and treatment of mental and behavioural disorders
psychopathy Tweet Definition of psychopathy Like Definition of psychopathy on Facebook
noun (psychopath, ies)
  1. A personality disorder indicated by a pattern of lying, exploitiveness, heedlessness, arrogance, sexual promiscuity, low self-control, and lack of empathy and remorse. Violent and criminal offenses may be indicative of this disorder.
psychosis Tweet Definition of psychosis Like Definition of psychosis on Facebook
noun (psychoses)
  1. A severe mental disorder, sometimes with physical damage to the brain, marked by a deranged personality and a distorted view of reality.
psychosomatic Tweet Definition of psychosomatic Like Definition of psychosomatic on Facebook
adjective
  1. of, or relating to the influence of the mind on the body
  2. (context, of a disease etc.) having physical symptoms but mental or emotional causes
psychotic Tweet Definition of psychotic Like Definition of psychotic on Facebook
noun
  1. a person affected by psychosis
adjective
  1. of, related to, or suffering from psychosis
PTSD Tweet Definition of PTSD Like Definition of PTSD on Facebook
initialism
  1. post-traumatic stress disorder
pyromania Tweet Definition of pyromania Like Definition of pyromania on Facebook
noun
  1. An uncontrollable urge to start fires.
  2. A habit in which a person has an obsession with fire.
pyrophobia Tweet Definition of pyrophobia Like Definition of pyrophobia on Facebook
noun
  1. The hate, or an abnormal or even irrational fear of fires.

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