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Acclamation (n). A shout of welcome; and overwhelming verbal vote of approval Syn : ovation, cheering, plaudits Ant: booing, hissing, jeers, catcalls ** a claim of greatness. Bucolic ( adj ). Characteristic of the countryside, rural; relating to shepherds and cowherds, pastoral

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acclamation n
Acclamation (n)

A shout of welcome; and overwhelming verbal vote of approval

Syn: ovation, cheering, plaudits

Ant: booing, hissing, jeers, catcalls

** a claim of greatness

bucolic adj
Bucolic (adj)

Characteristic of the countryside, rural; relating to shepherds and cowherds, pastoral

Syn: rustic

Ant: urban, metropolitan

**where you see BUlls and COLlies

calumniate v
Calumniate (v)

To slander; to accuse falsely and maliciously

Syn: defame, libel

Ant: flatter, whitewash, praise

**a tabloid column about someone

chary adj
Chary (adj)

Extremely cautious, hesitant, or slow (to); reserved, diffident

Syn: wary, skittish

Ant: heedless, reckless, incautious

collusion n
Collusion (n)

Secret agreement or cooperation

Syn: conspiracy, plot, connivance, cahoots

**people in collusion try to create an illusion that all is well

dilettante n adj
Dilettante (n) (adj)

A dabbler in the arts; one who engages in an activity in an amateurish, trifling way; (adj) superficial

Syn: amateur

Ant: professional

imperturbable adj
Imperturbable (adj)

Not easily excited; emotionally steady

Syn: unflappable, unexcitable, serene, unruffled

Ant: excitable

**can’t be perturbed or disturbed

increment n
Increment (n)

An enlargement, increase, addition

Syn: accretion, gain

Ant: loss, reduction, decrease

**increase

mandate n v
Mandate (n) (v)

An authoritative command, formal order, authorization; (v) to issue such an order

Syn: (n) directive

Ant: (v) forbid, ban, outlaw

**order that is mandatory – must be followed

paltry adj
Paltry (adj)

Trifling, insignificant; mean, despicable; inferior

Syn: measly, meager, piddling, trivial

Ant: gigantic, immense, colossal

**the paltry piece of poultry didn’t fill me up

paroxysm n
Paroxysm (n)

A sudden outburst; a spasm, convulsion

Syn: fit, seizure

pedantry n
Pedantry (n)

A pretentious display of knowledge; overly rigid attention to rules and details

Syn: nit-picking, hairsplitting

peregrination n
Peregrination (n)

The act of traveling; an excursion, especially on foot or to a foreign country

Syn: journey, wandering, odyssey

**migration to a destination

redolent adj
Redolent (adj)

Fragrant, smelling strongly; tending to arouse memories or create an aura

Syn: evocative, reminiscent, aromatic

Ant: unevocative, odorless

**red(odor)lent

refulgent adj
Refulgent (adj)

Shining, radiant, resplendent

Syn: luminous, splendid

Ant: dim, dark, dingy, dull, murky

**detergent makes things shine!

shibboleth n
Shibboleth (n)

A word, expression, or custom that distinguishes a particular group of persons from all others; a commonplace saying or truism

Syn: catchphrase, password, slogan

tyro n
Tyro (n)

A beginner, novice; one with little or no background or skill

Syn: neophyte

Ant: veteran, past master, expert

** a tyro tries something new

unremitting adj
Unremitting (adj)

Not stopping, maintained steadily, never letting up, relentless

Syn: constant, incessant, unrelenting

Ant: desultory, intermittent

**uninterrupted, unending

vacillate v
Vacillate (v)

To swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or will

Syn: seesaw, fluctuate, oscillate

Ant: persevere

**oscillating fan changes direction

vituperative adj
Vituperative (adj)

Harshly abusive, severely scolding

Syn: abusive, scurrilous, insulting

Ant: complimentary, laudatory, flattering

**like a viper – poisonous