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orthodox
adhering to a traditional, established faith, or anything customary or commonly accepted
oscillate
swing back and forth; waver, change one's mind
outstrip
surpass, exceed; be larger or better than; leave behind
overshadow
cast a shadow over, darken; dominate, make to seem less important
paradigm
model or pattern; worldview, set of shared assumptions, values, etc.
paradox
contradiction, or seeming contradiction that is actually true
pariah
social outcast, untouchable
partial
biased, prejudiced, favoring one over others; having a special liking for something or someone (usually partial to)
partisan
devoted to a particular group, cause, etc. fervent supporter of a group, party, idea, etc; guerilla fighter
patent
obvious, apparent, plain to see; a letter from a government guaranteeing an inventor the rights to his of her invention
pathological
relating to or caused by disease; relating to compulsive bad behavior
patronizing
condescending, having a superior manner, treating as an inferior
paucity
scarcity, the state of being small in number
peccadillo
small sin or fault
pedestrian
ordinary, dull, commonplace
penchant
liking or inclination (usually penchant for)
perfidious
disloyal, treacherous, violating one's trust
peripheral
relating to or making up an outer boundary or region; not of primary importance, fringe
permeate
spread or penetrate throughout
pervasive
tending to spread throughout