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acclamation
(n) a shout of welcome; an overwhelming verbal vote of approval
bucolic
(adj) characteristic of the countryside, rural; relating to shepherds and cowherds, pastoral
calumniate
(v) to slander; to accuse falsely and maliciously
chary
(adj) extremely cautious, hesitant, or slow (to); reserved, diffident
collusion
(n) secret agerement or cooperation
dilettante
(n) a dabbler in the arts; one who engages in an activity in an amateurish, trifling way; (adj) superficial
imperturbable
(adj) not easily excited; emotionally steady
increment
(n) an enlargement, increase, addition
mandate
(n) an authoritative command, formal order, authorization; (v) to issue an order
paltry
(adj) trifling, insignificant; mean, despicable; inferior, trashy
paroxysm
(n) a suddent outburst; a spasm, convulsion
pedantry
(n) a pretentious display ofknowledge; overly rigid attention to rules and details
peregrination
(n) the act of traveling; an excursion, especially on foot or to a foreign country
redolent
(adj) fragrant, smelling strongly; tending to arouse memories or create an aura
refulgent
(adj) shining, radiant, resplendent
shibboleth
(n) a word, expression or custom that distinguishes a particular group of persons from all others; a commonplace saying or truism
tyro
(n) a beginner, novice; one with little or no background or skill
unremitting
(adj) not stopping, maintained steadily, never letting up, relentless
vacillate
(v) to swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or will
vituperative
(adj) harshly abusive, severely scolding
askance
(adj) with suspicion, distrust, or disapproval
attenuate
(v) to make thin or slender; to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value
benign
(adj) gentle, kind; forgiving, understanding; having a favorable or beneficial effetc; not malignant
cavil
(v) to find fault in a petty way, carp (n) a trivial objection or criticism
charlatan
(n) one who feigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, impostor, or quack
decimate
(v) to kill or destroy a large part of
foible
(n) a weak point, failing, minor flaw
forgo
(v) to do without, abstain from, give up
fraught
(adj) full of or loaded with; acommpanied by
inure
(v) to toughen, harden; to render used to something by long subjection or exposure
luminous
(adj) emitting or reflecting light, glowing, illuminating
obsequious
(adj) marked by slavish attentiveness; excessively submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons
obtuse
(adj) blunt, not coming to a point; slow or dull in understanding; measuring between 90 degrees and 180 degrees; not causing a sharp impression
oscillate
(v) to swing back and forth with a steady rhythm; to fluctuate or waver
penitent
(adj) regretful for one's sins or mistakes (n) one who is sorry for wrongdoing
peremptory
(adj) having the nature of a command that leaves no oppurtunity for debate, denial, or refusal; offensively self-assured, dictatorial; determined, resolute
rebuff
(v) to snub; to repel, drive away (n) a curt rejection, a check
reconnoiter
(v) to engage in reconnaissance; to make a preliminary inspection
shambles
(n) a slughterhouse; a place of mass bloodshed; a state of copmlete disorder and confusion, mess
sporadic
(adj) occurring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order