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English: Chapter 2

Chapter 2 Vocabulary

accost v. to approach first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way
animadversion n. a comment with strong criticism or disapproval.
avid adj. intensely eager; desirous of something to the point of greed.
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 direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
gambit n. in chess, an opening move that involves the sacrifice of a minor pieces to gain advantage; any move of this type
halcyon n. a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; adj. relating to the halcyon peaceful; happy. prosperous, affluent.
histrionic adj. pertaining to actors and their techniques; melodramatic, theatrical.
incendiary adj. deliberately setting or designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion n. arsonist, one who causes strife.
maelstrom n. a large and violent whirl pool; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction.
myopic adj. nearsighted; lack a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment.
overt open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized.
pejorative adj. tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, belittling, derogatory
propriety n. the state of being proper, appropriateness; pl. standards of what is proper or acceptable
sacrilege n. improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
summarily adv. without delay or formality; concisely
suppliant adj. asking humbly and earnestly n. one who makes a request in that manner, a 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: blacall13