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vocab Lev G

unit 2

accost (v.) to approach and speak to first; to cofront 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; 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, and 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 techniquest; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic
incendiary (adj.) deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebillion; (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 disaproval or disparagement
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
summarily (adv.) whithout delay or formality; breifly, 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 beleived 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
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