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acclamation
n. a shout of welcome; an overwhelming verbal vote of approval; ovation, cheering, plaudits
bucolic
adj. characteristic of the countryside, rural; relating to shepherds and cowherds, pastoral; rustic
calumniate
v. to slander; to accuse falsely and maliciously; defame, libel
chary
adj. extremely cautious, hesitant, or slow; reserved, diffident; wary, skittish
collusion
n. secret agreement or cooperation; conspiracy, plot, connivance, cahoots
dilettante
n. a dabbler in the arts; one who engages in an activity in an amateurish, trifling way; adj. superficial; amateur; trifler
imperturbable
adj. not easily excited; emotionally steady; unflappable, unexcitable, serene, unruffled
increment
n. an enlargement, increase, addition; accretion, gain
mandate
n. an authoritative command, formal order, authorization; v. to issue such an order; n. directive
paltry
adj. trifling, insignificant; mean, despicable; inferior, trashy; measly, meager, piddling, trivial
paroxysm
n. a sudden outburst; a spasm, convulsion; fit, seizure
pedantry
n. a pretentious display of knowledge; overly rigid attention to rules and details; nit-picking, hairsplitting, pettifoggery
peregrination
n. the act of traveling; an excursion, especially on foot or to a foreign country; journey, wandering, odyssey
redolent
adj. fragrant, smelling strongly; tending to arouse memories or create an aura; evocative, reminiscent, aromatic
refulgent
adj. shining, radiant, resplendent; luminous, splendid
shibboleth
n. a word, expression, or custom that distinguishes a particular group of persons from all others; a commonplace saying or truism; catchphrase, password, slogan
tyro
n. a beginner, novice; one with little or no background or skill; neophyte
unremitting
adj. not stopping, maintained steadily, never letting up, relentless, constant, incessant, unrelenting
vacillate
v. to swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or will; seesaw, fluctuate, oscillate
vituperative
adj. harshly abusive, severely scolding; abusive, scurrilous, insulting