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one of a series of grades in an organization or field of activity; an organized military unit; a steplike formation or arrangement
a prayer consisting of short appeals to God recited by the leader alternating with responses from the congregation; any repetitive chant; a long list
to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previously been committed, renounce, retract
to cast off, discard; to get rid of something objectionable or unnecessary; to plod through as if through mud; a mire; a state of depression
a circle of acquaintances; a close-knit, often exclusive, a group of people with a common interest
very persistent; holding firmly to a course of action or set of beliefs; hard to get rid of, refusing to be put off or denied
of little value or importance, paltry, measly; concerned with trifling matters, small-minded
(adj.) characteristic of the countryside, rural, relating to shepherds and cowherds, pastoral, a short descriptive poem of rural or pastoral life
(n.) a dabbler in the arts, one who engages in an activity in an amateurish, trifling way; 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
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