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(n.) a shout of welcome; an overwhelming verbal vote of approval; Syn: plaudits, cheering, ovation; Ant: booing, hissing, jeers, catcalls


(adj.) characteristic of the countryside, rural; relating to shepherds and cowherds, pastoral; Syn: rustic; Ant: urban, metropolitan


(v.) to slander; to accuse falsely and maliciously; Syn: defame, libel; Ant: flatter, whitewash, praise


(adj.) extremely cautious, hesitant, or slow to act; reserved, diffident; Syn: wary, skittish; Ant: heedless, reckless, incautious


(n.) a secret agreement or cooperation; Syn: conspiracy, plot, connivance, cahoots


(n.) a dabbler in the arts; one who engages in an activity in an amateurish, trifling way; (adj.) superficial; Syn: amateur, trifler; Ant: professional


(adj.) not easily excited; emotionally steady; Syn: unflappable, unexcitable, serene, unruffled; Ant: excitable


(n.) an enlargement, increase, addition; Syn: accretion, gain; Ant: loss, reduction, decrease


(n.) an authoritative command, formal order, authorization; (v.) to issue such an order; Syn: (n.) directive; Ant: (v.) forbid, ban, outlaw


(adj.) trifling, insignificant; mean, despicable; inferior, trashy; Syn: measly, meager, piddling, trivial; Ant: gigantic, immense, colossal


(n.) a sudden outburst; a spasm, convulsion; Syn: fit, seizure


(n.) a pretentious display of knowledge; overly rigid attention to rules and details; Syn: nit-picking, hairsplitting, pettifoggery


(n.) the act of traveling; an excursion, especially on foot or to a foreign country; Syn: journey, wandering, odyssey


(adj.) fragrant, smelling strongly; tending to arouse memories or create an aura; Syn: evocative, reminiscent, aromatic; Ant: unevocative, odorless


(adj.) shining, radiant, respledent; Syn: luminous, splendid; Ant: dim, dark, obscure, dingy, dull, murky


(n.) a word, expression, or custom that distinguishes a particular group of persons from all others; a commonplace saying or truism; Syn: catchphrase, password, slogan


(n.) a beginner, novice; one with little or no background or skill; Syn: neophyte; Ant: veteran, past master, expert


(adj.) not stopping, maintained steadily, never letting up, relentless; Syn: constant, incessant, unrelenting; Ant: desultory, intermittent


(v.) to swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weaking in mind or will; Syn: seesaw, fluctuate, oscillate; Ant: persevere


(adj.) harshy abusive, severely scolding; Syn: abusive, scurrilous, insulting; Ant: complimentary, laudatory, flattering

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