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accolade

(n.) praise or approval; a ceremonial embrace or greeting

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acerbity

(n.) sourness or bitterness of taste; harshness or severity of manner or expression
syn: asperity

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attrition

(n.) the process of wearing down by friction or gradual impairment

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bromide

(n.) a trite or commonplace remark; a tiresome or boring person; a sedative
syn: jingoist

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chauvinist

(adj.) extravagantly patriotic; blindly devoted to a cause; (n.) such a person

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chronic

(adj.) continuing over a long period of time or recurring often

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expound

(v.) to explain in detail
syn: elucidate

8

factionalism

(n.) party strife and intrigue

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immaculate

(adj.) spotless; without blemish or fault
syn: impeccable
ant: sullied

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imprecation

(n.) a curse; the act of cursing

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ineluctable

(adj.) not able to be avoided, changed, or overcome
syn: inevitable

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mercurial

(adj.) characterized by rapid and unpredictable changes of mood; fickle or inconstant
syn: capricious, volatile
ant: phlegmatic

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palliate

(v.) to make less serious or severe by glossing over; to relieve without actually curing, mitigate
syn: alleviate

14

protocol

(n.) customs and regulations dealing with official behavior and etiquette, as in court or among diplomats; a type of international agreement; a memorandum, official account, or record

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resplendent

(adj.) shining or gleaming brilliantly; splendid or magnificent

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stigmatize

(v.) to brand or mark as in some way discreditable, disgraceful, or ignominious
ant: laud

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sub rosa

(adv.) in secret; confidentially; privately; (adj.) secretive

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vainglory

(n.) excessive pride in and boastfulness about one's own accomplishments or qualities; a vain show or display

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vestige

(n.) a trace or visible evidence of something that once existed but now is lost or vanished

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volition

(n.) the power to choose, will, or decide; the act of choosing, willing, or deciding
ant: coercion