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(adj.) characteristic of the countryside. rural; relating to shepherds and cowherds, pastoral
(n.) a dabbler in the arts; one who engages in an activity in an ameteurish, trifling way; (adj.) superficial
(n.) a word, expression, or custom that distinguishes a particular group of persons from all others, a commonplace saying or truism
(v.) to swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or will
(v.) to overcome the distrust of, win over; to appease, pacify; to reconcile, make consistent
(v.) to cancel or reverse one order or command with another that is contrary to the first
(n.) one of a series of grades in an organization or field of activity; an organized military unit; a steplike formation or arrangement
(n.) a prayer consisting of short appeals to God recited by the leader alternating with responses from the congregation; any repetitive chant; a long list
(v.) to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previously been committed, renounce, retract
(v.) to cast off, discard; to get rid of something objectionable or unnecessary; to plod through as if through mud; (n.) a mire; a state of depression
(n.) a circle of aquaitances; a close-knit, often exclusive, group of people with a common interest
(adj.) very persistent; holding firmly to a course of action or a set of beliefs; hard to get rid of, refusing to be put off or denied
(adj.) of little value or importance, paltry, measly; concerned with trifling matters, small-minded
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