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accolade

an expression of approval or respect for special merit; an award

adamant

not yielding; firm

adulate

to flatter or admire excessively; to idolize

altercation

a loud and determined dispute; a noisy quarrel

annals

an historical record of events, often arranged in a yearly sequence

assiduous

diligent and persistent

chary

exercising caution; hesitant

clique

a small, exclusive group; a group held together by like interests or purpose

decrepit

worn-out with use; broken-down

endow

to provide with a quality, a thing, or a gift of money

ephemeral

lasting a very short time

ingratiate

to work to gain the favor of someone

pantheon

a group of people held in high esteem for their great achievements

perverse

turned away from what is right; wicked; stubbornly opposing what is right or reasonable; obstinate

tutelage

instruction, protection, or guardianship

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