20 terms

Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary: Level G: Unit 9

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acclamation
(n.) a shout of welcome; an overwhelming verbal vote of approval
(SYN: ovation, cheering, plaudits)
(ANT: booing, hissing, jeers, catcalls)
bucolic
(adj.) characteristic of the countryside, rural; relating to shepherds and cowherds, pastoral
(SYN: rustic)
(ANT: metropolitan)
calumniate
(v.) to slander; to accuse falsely and maliciously
(SYN: defame, libel)
(ANT: flatter, whitewash, praise)
chary
(Adj.) extremely cautious, hesitant, or slow (to); reserved, diffident
(SYN: skittish)
(ANT: heedless, reckless, incautious)
collusion
(n.) secret agreement or cooperation
(SYN: conspiracy, plot, connivance)
dilettante
(n.) a dabbler in the arts; one who engages in an activity in an amateurish, trifling way; (adj.) superficial
(SYN: amateur)
(ANT: professional)
imperturbable
(adj.) Not easily excited; emotionally steady.
(SYN: unflappable, unexcitable, serene, unruffled)
(ANT: excitable)
increment
(n.) an enlargement, increase, addition
(SYN: accretion)
(ANT: reduction, decrease)
mandate
(n.) an authoritative command, formal order, authorization; (v.) to issue such an order
(SYN: directive)
(ANT: forbid, ban, outlaw)
paltry
(adj.) trifling, insignificant; mean, despicable; inferior, trashy
(SYN: measly, meager, piddling, trivial)
(ANT: gigantic, immense)
paroxysm
(n.) a sudden outburst; a spasm, convulsion
(SYN: fit, seizure)
pedantry
(n.) a pretentious display of knowledge; overly rigid attention to rules and details
(SYN: nit-picking, pettifoggery)
peregrination
(n.) the act of traveling; an excursion, especially on foot or to a foreign country
(SYN: journey, wandering, odyssey)
redolent
(adj.) fragrant, smelling strongly; tending to arouse memories or create an aura
(SYN: evocative, reminiscent, aromatic)
(ANT: unevocative, odorless)
refulgent
(adj.) shining, radiant, resplendent
(SYN: splendid)
(ANT: dim, dark, obscure, dingy, dull)
shibboleth
(n.) a word, expression, or custom that distinguishes a particular group of persons from all others; a commonplace saying or truism
(SYN: password, slogan)
tyro
(n.) a beginner, novice; one with little or no background or skill
(SYN: neophyte)
(ANT: veteran, past master, expert)
unremitting
(adj.) not stopping, maintained steadily, never letting up, relentless
(SYN: incessant, unrelenting)
(ANT: desultory, intermittent)
vacillate
(v.) to swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or will
(SYN: fluctuate, oscillate)
(ANT: persevere)
vituperative
(Adj.) harshly abusive, severely scolding
(SYN: abusive, scurrilous, insulting)
(ANT: complimentary, laudatory, flattering)

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