Unit 1 Vocab

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Unit 1 Vocab
2012-01-29 22:54:58
Literature Vocabulary

Honors Brit Lit Unit 1 Vocabulary
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  1. Accost
    (v.) to approach and speak to first
  2. Animadversion
    (n.) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
  3. Avid
    (adj.) desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager
  4. Brackish
    (adj.) having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
  5. Celerity
    (n.) swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
  6. Devious
    (adj.) straying or wandering from a striaght or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
  7. Gambit
    (n.) in chess, an opening move that involves risk or sacrifice of a minor piece in order to gain a later advantage
  8. Halcyon
    • (n.) a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher
    • (adj.) of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy
  9. Histrionic
    (adj.) pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic
  10. Incendiary
    (adj.) deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion
  11. Maelstrom
    (n.) a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
  12. Myopic
    (adj.) nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
  13. Overt
    (adj.) open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
  14. Pejorative
    (adj.) tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
  15. Propriety
    • (n.) the state of being proper, appropraiteness
    • (pl.) standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
  16. Sacrilege
    (n.) improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
  17. Summarily
    (adv.) without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
  18. Suppliant
    (adj.) asking humbly and earnestly
  19. Talisman
    (n.) an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish
  20. Undulate
    (v.) to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form