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Level G Unit 2

TermDefinition
Accost (v.) to approach speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way
Animadversion (n.) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
Avid (adj.) desirous of something to the point of greed; intensively 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 cause fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion; (n.) one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist; 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 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; (pl.) standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
Sacrilege (n.) improper or disrespectful treatment of something that is 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 in a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form
 

 



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