Fernando. 1888–1935, Portuguese poet, who ascribed much of his work to three imaginary poets, Alvaro de Campos, Alberto Caeiro, and Ricardo Reis
[pes-uh-mis-tik] /ˌpɛs əˈmɪs tɪk/ adjective 1. pertaining to or characterized by or the tendency to expect only bad outcomes; gloomy; joyless; unhopeful: His pessimistic outlook kept him from applying for jobs for which he was perfectly qualified. adj. 1866, from pessimist + -ic.
[French puh-tee-fœ] /French pə tiˈfœ/ noun, Ceramics. 1. a firing of ceramics at a low temperature. 2. the category of ceramic colors fired in a muffle kiln at low temperature.
[pet-ee fawr, fohr; French puh-tee foor] /ˈpɛt i ˈfɔr, ˈfoʊr; French pə ti ˈfur/ noun, plural petits fours [pet-ee fawrz, fohrz; French puh-tee foor] /ˈpɛt i ˈfɔrz, ˈfoʊrz; French pə ti ˈfur/ (Show IPA), petit fours. 1. a small teacake, variously frosted and decorated. /ˈpɛtɪ ˈfɔː; French pəti fur/ noun (pl) petits fours (ˈpɛtɪ ˈfɔːz; […]
[puh-tish-uh n] /pəˈtɪʃ ən/ noun 1. a formally drawn request, often bearing the names of a number of those making the request, that is addressed to a person or group of persons in authority or power, soliciting some favor, right, mercy, or other benefit: a petition for clemency; a petition for the repeal of an […]