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