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Characteristic of the countryside; rustic; pastoral
. . . the burgeoning world population resulted in an increase in pollution.
The poet T.S. Eliot burnished his reputation as one of the master poets of the twentieth century with Four Quartets, four long poems published between 1936 and 1942.
to reinforce; support
unpleasant or harsh sounding
to beg; sponge
. . . workman cadging money with the line, "Hey mister, can you spare a dime for a cup of coffee?"
thick skinned; insensitive
false and malicious accusation; slander
"Be thou chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny."
false, deliberately misleading story
Most politicians do not want to be associated with the old canard that big governement in Washington can solve all of America's problems.
an established principle; a basis or standard for judgement; a group of literary works
Canons of aesthetic taste vary over the years; the Rococo period, for example, valued ornate art.