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20 terms

Vocab Unit 9

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acclamation
a shout of welcome; an overwhelming verbal vote of approval
bucolic
characteristic of the countryside, rural; relating to shepherds 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 excited; 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, convulsion
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