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Level G Vocab unit 2

english

TermDefinition
accost v; approach and speak to first, confront in challenging or aggressive way
animadversion n; comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
avid adj; desirous of something to the point of greed, intensely eager
brackish adj; having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
celerity n; swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
devious adj; straying or wandering from a straight or direct course, done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
gambit n; in chess, an opening move that involves risk or sacrifice of a minor piece in order to gain a later advantage; any opening move of this type
halcyon n; a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; adj; of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful, happy, golden, prosperous, affluent
histrionic adj; pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial, melodramatic
incendiary adj; deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires, tending to stir up trifle or rebellion; n; one who deliberately sets fires, one who causes strife
maelstrom n; a whirlpool of great size and violence, a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
myopic adj; nearsighted, lacking in a broad, realistic view of a situation, lacking foresight or discernment
overt adj; open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
pejorative adj; tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
propriety n; the state of being proper, appropriateness; standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
sacrilege n; improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
summarily adv; without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
suppliant adj; asking humbly and earnestly; n; one who makes a request humbly and earnestly; a petitioner, suitor
talisman n; an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish
undulate v; to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form
Created by: lieren13e