spastic paralysis; Pathol, shaking palsy, Pathol. paralysis agitans, Pathol. Parkinson's disease, Pathol. Parkinsonism.
palter, v. 1. lie, stretch the truth, prevaricate, fib, Inf. talk through one's hat, Inf. tell the big lie, Inf speak with forked tongue; mince words, not tell the whole truth or story; equivocate, quibble, SI. waffle, fudge, beat around or about the bush, hedge, qualify; avoid, evade, dodge, sidestep; doubletalk, backtrack, back-pedal, sidetrack; tergiversate, vacillate, oscillate, shilly-shally, waver, alternate, fluctuate, go back and forth or up and down.
2. deceive, trick, fool, hoodwink, bamboozle, pull the wool over [s.o.'s] eyes; throw dust in [s.o.'s] eyes, throw [s.o.] for a loop; mislead, lead up the garden path, SI. take for a ride; misinform, misdirect, Inf. give [s.o.] a bum steer; throw off the scent or trail, put on a false scent, drag or draw a red herring across the trail.
paltriness, n. 1. pettiness, triviality, trivialism, Brit, pottiness, inconsiderableness, unappreciableness, inconsequentiality, insignificance, unimportance, irrelevance, irrelevancy, nonessentiality; littleness, smallness, minuteness, slightness, slenderness, slimness, shallowness, measliness, meagerness.
2. worthlessness, Chiefly Dial, footiness; averageness, commonness, ordinariness, unobjectionableness, unexceptionalness, passableness, fairness, indifference; trashiness, dirtiness, scabbiness, shabbiness, scrubbiness, scruffiness, scurviness; abjectness, miserableness, wretchedness, sorriness, poorness, beggarliness, pitifulness, pitiableness, patheticalness.
3. meanness, ignobility, ignobleness, rascality, villainy, villainousness; baseness, vileness, lowness, depravity, degradation, unprincipledness, immorality, profligacy, profligateness; evilness, badness, wrongness, arrantness; contemptibility, contemptibleness, despi-cability, despicableness, detestability, detestableness, sordidness, foulness, infamy, infamousness, ignominy, ignominiousness, odium, odiousness, opprobrium, opprobriousness, obnoxiousness, rankness, execrableness, degeneracy, corruptedness, corruptness, corruption, viciousness, reprehensibility, reprehensibleness, unmentionableness, heinousness, atrociousness, flagitiousness, nefariousness, iniquity, iniquitousness, Archaic. facinorousness.
paltry, adj. 1. petty, trifling, trivial, piddling, minor, trumpery, fribbling, Brit, potty, Archaic, pelting, inconsiderable, unappreciable, inconsequential, insignificant, unimportant, irrelevant, nonessential, penny-ante, small-time, Inf. no great shakes; little, small, minute, slight, slender, slim, shallow, Inf. measly, meager.
2. worthless, Chiefly Dial, footy, not worth mentioning, not worth a rap or straw, not worth a nickel or dime; mediocre, secondary, second-best, second-rate, third-rate, fourth-rate; average, common, commonplace, ordinary, unobjectionable, unexceptional, Inf. nothing to brag about, passable, fair, Inf. fair-to-middling, just-so, so-so, indifferent; trashy, rubbishy, dirty, scabby, shabby, scrubby, scruffy, scurvy; abject, miserable, wretched, sorry, sad, poor, beggarly, pitiful, pitiable, pathetic, pathetical.
3. mean, ignoble, rascally, villainous; base, base-spirited, base-minded, vile, low, low-minded, debased, depraved, degraded, unprincipled, immoral, profligate, dissolute; evil, bad, wrong, arrant; contemptible, despicable, detestable, reptilian, sordid, foul, infamous, ignominious, odious, opprobrious, obnoxious, rank, execrable, degenerate, corrupt, vicious, reprehensible, unmentionable, heinous, atrocious, flagitious, nefarious, iniquitous, Archaic, facinorous.