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BR Lexicon
Well, we all know how smart the world's greatest punk band is. This lexicon should prove it! Herein lies most of the big words found in the lyrics of just about every Bad Religion song. Some words might not be so obscure to you, but when in doubt, we threw it in anyway. There should be something here for everybody. Enjoy!

Many thanks to Eric Legault!

Currently the lexicon contains 561 words.
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Palatable
Agreeable to the taste
- Greg Graffin
Pall
Anything that covers, shrouds, or overspreads, esp. with darkness or gloom
- Brett Gurewitz
- Greg Graffin
Palpitate
Pulsate, throb
- Greg Graffin
Pang
A sudden feeling of mental or emotional distress or longing
- Greg Graffin
Paradigm
An example that serves as pattern or model
- Brett Gurewitz
- Greg Graffin
Paralysis
A state of inactivity
- Greg Graffin
- Greg Graffin
Partisan
Devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause
- Greg Graffin
Pastime
Any activity that makes time pass agreeably
- Greg Graffin
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Pathos
The quality or power of evoking a feeling of pity or compassion
- Greg Graffin, Brian Baker
- Greg Graffin
Patronage
1. The support or custom given by a patron
2. (in politics) the ability or power to appoint people to jobs
3. A condescending manner
- Greg Graffin
Pavlovian
of or relating to Ivan Pavlov or his experiments
Pavlov, Ivan Petrovich 1849-1936.
Russian physiologist who is best known for discovering the conditioned response.
- Greg Graffin
- Greg Graffin, Brian Baker
Perdition
1. a state of final spiritual ruin
2. hell
- Brett Gurewitz
Perilous
Dangerous
- Brett Gurewitz
- Greg Graffin
Peripheral
1. of or situated in the periphery (the external boundary of any surface or area or a surrounding region or area)
2. comparatively superficial or unessential
- Greg Graffin
Perpetual
Never ending or never changing
- Greg Graffin
- Greg Graffin, Brian Baker
Persistence
Persistent determination
- Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz
Petrochemical
A chemical derived from petroleum or natural gas.
- Greg Graffin
Phantasmal
1. Eerie or frightening.
2. Expresses qualities of or produced from fantasy.
- Brett Gurewitz
Phylogenetic
The evolutionary development and history of a species or higher taxonomic grouping of organisms.
- Greg Graffin
Pilgrim
1. a person who journeys, esp. a long distance, to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion: pilgrims to the Holy Land
2. a traveler or wanderer, esp. in a foreign place
3. an original settler in a region
- Greg Graffin
Pine
to yearn deeply; suffer with longing; long painfully
- Greg Graffin, Jay Bentley, Brian Baker
- Greg Graffin, Brian Baker
Pining
1. losing vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
2. yearning intensly
- Brett Gurewitz
Pious
Having or exhibiting religious reverence, devout
- Greg Graffin
Plied
To supply with or offer something pressingly to
- Brett Gurewitz
Plutocrat
1. Government by the wealthy.
2. A wealthy class that controls a government.
3. A government or state in which the wealthy rule.
- Brett Gurewitz
Pogrom
An organized massacre of helpless people
- Jay Bentley, Greg Hetson
Poignant
1. physically painful
2. keenly distressing ti the mind or feelings
3a. neat, skillful and to the point
3b. astute and pertinent; relevant
4. agreeably intense or stimulating
5. (archaic) sharp or sour to the taste or smell
- Greg Graffin
Polemic
A controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)
- Greg Graffin
Pomp
1. stately or splendid display; splendor; magnificence
2. ostentatious or vain display
- Greg Graffin
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Pondering
Considering something deeply and thoroughly
- Greg Graffin
Populace
1. the common people
2. population
- Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz
Populist
Put forward just because it would be popular
- Greg Graffin
Portend
To give an omen or anticipatory sign of; indicate
- Greg Graffin
Portico
A porch or a walkway with a roof supported by columns often leading to the entrance of a building
- Greg Graffin
Posterity
The future, future generations, succeeding generations
- Greg Graffin
Pragmatists
Those oriented toward practical action or thought
- Greg Graffin
Precarious
1. Dangerously lacking in security or stability
2. Subject to chance or unknown conditions
- Greg Graffin
- Brett Gurewitz
- Brett Gurewitz
Preen
1. To dress up; primp.
2. To swell with pride; gloat or exult.
- Greg Graffin
Prejudicial
1. Exhibiting prejudice or bias
2. Causing harm or injury; detrimental, harmful or injurious
- Greg Graffin
Prescience
Knowledge of actions or events before they occur; foresight
- Brett Gurewitz
- Greg Graffin
Pretension
An aspiration or intention that may or may not reach fulfillment
- Greg Graffin
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Prevail
To be greater in strength or influence; triumph
- Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz
- Greg Graffin
Prionic jive
[prion] - Proteins with the same or similar Amino sequence as other proteins that have the property to interact with their counterparts in such a manner that the external structure of the normal proteine is changed to that of the prion.
[jive] - A reference to Gibson's "Neuromancer" where the term refers to a sign language.

In the context of the song: "speaking prionic jive" ~ "speaking in corrupted sign language".
- Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz
Procession
The act of moving along or forward; progression.
- Brett Gurewitz
- Brett Gurewitz
Proclamation
1. Something that is proclaimed; a public and official announcement.
2. The act of proclaiming.
- Brett Gurewitz
Prodigal son
Someone who returns home from travelling, especially having repented of former extravagant behaviour.
- Brett Gurewitz
Progeny
Descendants or offspring collectively
- Greg Graffin
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- Greg Graffin, Brian Baker
Proliferation
Growing or multiplying by rapidly producing new tissue, parts, cells or offspring
- Greg Graffin
Promiscuous
1. Lacking standards of selection; indiscriminate.
2. Casual; random.
- Greg Graffin
Propagate
To spread from person to person; to extend the knowledge of; to originate and spread
- Greg Graffin, Brian Baker
- Greg Graffin
Proprietor
Holder, owner, possessor
- Brett Gurewitz
Prosperity
The state or condition of being successful, esp. Financially
- Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz
- Greg Graffin
- Greg Graffin
- Greg Graffin
- Greg Graffin, Jay Bentley, Brian Baker
- Greg Graffin, Brian Baker
Provisions
A stock of needed supplies
- Greg Graffin
Proximate
1. Next or nearest in space or time
2. Very near
- Greg Graffin
Pulpit
An elevated platform, lectern, or stand used in preaching or conducting a religious service
- Brett Gurewitz
- Greg Graffin
Purported
Assumed to be such; supposed
- Greg Graffin
Pusillanimous
lacking in courage, strength and resolution
- Greg Graffin
Pyre
1. a pile of combustibles
2. a heap of combustibles for burning a corpse as a funeral rite
- Brett Gurewitz
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