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Stadler Oxford G

WCHS Unit 2-G

WordDefinition
Accost to approach and speak to first; to confront in an aggressive way
undulate to move in waves or with a wavelike motion
maelstrom a whirlpool of great size and violence
brackish having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
summarily without delay or formalitiy; briefly, concisely
animadversions a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
suppliant asking humbly and earnestly; a petitioner, suitor
celerity swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
devious straying, wandering from a straight or direct course; action in a shifty way
sacrilege improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
propriety the state of being proper, appropriateness (pl) standards of what is proper
avid desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely
pejorative tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or belittling
incendiary deliberately setting or causing fires; one who causes strife
gambit in chess, an opening move that involves risk or sacrifice to gain a later advantage; any opening move of this type
overt open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
histrionic pertaining to actors and their techniques; melodramatic, artificial
halcyon legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent
talisman an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical power
myopic nearsighted, lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight
Created by: dmoudy