pathos

  1. a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others

    Synonyms : commiseration, pity, ruth
    Type Of : fellow feeling, sympathy
  2. a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow)

    Synonyms : poignancy
    Type Of : quality
    Examples :
    • the film captured all the pathos of their situation
  3. a style that has the power to evoke feelings

    Type Of : expressive style, style

proscribe

  1. command against

    Synonyms : disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, veto
    Type Of : command, require

partisan

  1. an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity

    Synonyms : enthusiast, partizan
    Type Of : supporter, champion, protagonist, booster, friend, admirer
  2. a pike with a long tapering double-edged blade with lateral projections; 16th and 17th centuries

    Synonyms : partizan
    Type Of : pike
  3. a fervent and even militant proponent of something

    Synonyms : drumbeater, zealot
    Antonyms : nonpartisan
    Type Of : proponent, advocator, advocate, exponent
  4. devoted to a cause or party

    Synonyms : partizan
    Antonyms : nonpartisan

prosaic

  1. lacking wit or imagination

    Synonyms : earthbound, pedestrian, prosy
  2. not challenging; dull and lacking excitement

    Synonyms : commonplace, humdrum, unglamorous, unglamourous
  3. not fanciful or imaginative

    Synonyms : matter-of-fact
    Examples :
    • a prosaic and unimaginative essay

parsimony

  1. extreme stinginess

    Synonyms : closeness, meanness, minginess, niggardliness, niggardness, parsimoniousness, tightfistedness, tightness
    Type Of : stinginess
  2. extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily

    Synonyms : parsimoniousness, penny-pinching, thrift
    Type Of : frugalness, frugality

parsimonious

  1. excessively unwilling to spend

    Synonyms : penurious
    Examples :
    • parsimonious thrift relieved by few generous impulses

prolific

  1. bearing in abundance especially offspring

    Synonyms : fertile
    Examples :
    • flying foxes are extremely prolific
    • a prolific pear tree
  2. intellectually productive

    Synonyms : fecund, fertile
    Examples :
    • a prolific writer

parry

  1. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

    Synonyms : circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, put off, sidestep, skirt
    Type Of : avoid
  2. a return punch (especially by a boxer)

    Synonyms : counter, counterpunch
    Type Of : biff, clout, lick, poke, punch, slug
  3. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)

    Synonyms : block, deflect
    Type Of : fence
  4. (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword

    Type Of : blocking, block

proletarian

  1. a member of the working class (not necessarily employed)

    Synonyms : prole, worker
    Type Of : common man, common person, commoner
  2. belonging to or characteristic of the proletariat

parody

  1. make a parody of

    Synonyms : burlesque, spoof
    Type Of : mock
  2. humorous or satirical mimicry

    Synonyms : mockery, takeoff
    Type Of : mimicry, apery
  3. a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way

    Synonyms : burlesque, lampoon, mockery, pasquinade, put-on, send-up, sendup, spoof, takeoff, travesty
    Type Of : caricature, imitation, impersonation
  4. make a spoof of or make fun of

    Type Of : play, represent, act