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Vocab Level G Unit 2

accost (v) to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging and aggressive way
accost syn: buttonhole, approach, confront
accost ant: evade, avoid, shun
animadversion (n.) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
animadversion syn: rebuke
animadversion ant: praise, compliment
avid (adj.) desirous of something to the point of greed; intensify eager
avid syn: keen, enthusiastic, grasping
avid ant: reluctant, indifferent, unenthusiastic
brackish (adj.) having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
brackish syn: briny, saline
brackish ant: fresh, clear, sweet
celerity (n.) swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
celerity syn: promptness, alacrity, speed
celerity ant: slowness, sluggishness, dilatoriness
devious (adj.) straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
devious syn: roundabout, indirect, tricky, sly, artful
devious ant: direct, straightforward, open, aboveboard
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
gambit syn: ploy, stratagem, ruse, maneuver
halcyon (n.) a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; (adj.) of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent
halcyon syn: (adj.) tranquil, serene, placid, palmy
halcyon ant: (adj.) turbulent, chaotic, tumultuous
histrionic (adj.) pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic
histrionic syn: affected, stagy
histrionic ant: low-keyed, muted, untheatrical, subdued
incendiary (adj.) deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion; (n.) one who deliberately sets fire, arsonist; one who causes strife
incendiary syn: (adj.) inflammatory, provocative, (n.) firebrand
incendiary ant: soothing, quieting, (n.) peacemaker
maelstrom (n.) a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
maelstrom syn: vortex, chaos, turbulence, tumult
myopic (adj.) nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
myopic syn: shortsighted
myopic ant: farsighted
overt (adj.) open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
overt syn: clear, obvious, manifest, patent
overt ant: secret, clandestine, covert, concealed
pejorative (adj.) tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
pejorative ant: complimentary, ameliorative
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 held sacred
sacrilege syn: desecration, profanation, defilement
summarily (adv.) without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
summarily (
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
undulate syn: ripple, fluctuate, rise and fall
Created by: flyingtoretilas