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Unit 9 Vocab


acclamation a shout of welcome (n) s:ovation, cheering, plaudits a: booing, hissing, jeer
bucolic characteristic of the countryside (adj) s: rustic, rural a: urban, metropolitan
calumniate to slander; to accuse falsely (v) s: defame a: flatter
chary extremely cautious, hesitant (adj) s: skittish a: reckless
collusion secret cooperation (n) s:conspiracy, plot
dilettante a dabbler in the arts (n)superficial (adj) s: amateur a: professional
imperturbable not easily excited; emotionally steady (adj) s: unexcitable, serene a: excitable
increment an enlargement, increase (n) s: gain a: loss, reduction
mandate an authoritative command, formal order(n) to issue such an order (v) s: directive a: forbid, outlaw
paltry trifling, insignificant,mean (adj) s: meager, trivial a: gigantic, immense
paroxysm a sudden outburst (n) s:fit, seizure
pedantry a pretentious display of knowledge (n) s: nit-picking
peregrination the act of traveling; an excursion (n) s: journey, wandering
redolent fragrant, smelling strongly (adj) s: reminiscent a: odorless
refulgent shining, radiant (adj) s: luminous, splendid a: dim, dark
shibboleth a word or expression that distinguishes a particular group of persons from all others (n) s: catchphrase, password
tyro a beginner or novice (n) s: neophyte a: veteran, expert
unremitting not stopping, maintained steadily (adj) s: constant, unrelenting a: intermittent
vacillate to swing indecisively from one idea to another (v) s: seesaw, fluctuate a: persevere
vituperative harshly abusive (adj) s: abusive, insulting a: complimentary, flattering
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