vocab unit 2

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  1. to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way
    accost
  2. a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
    animadversion
  3. desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager
    avid
  4. having a salty tast and unpleasant to drink
    brackish
  5. swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
    celerity
  6. straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
    devious
  7. 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
  8. a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; (adj.) of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent
    halcyon
  9. pertaining to actors and their techniques, theatrical, artificial; melodramatic
    histrionic
  10. deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion; (n.) one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist; one who causes strife
    incendiary
  11. a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
    maelstrom
  12. nearsighted, lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation, lacking foresight or discernment
    myopic
  13. open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
    overt
  14. tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
    pejorative
  15. state of being proper, appropriateness; (pl.) standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
    propriety
  16. improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
    sacrilege
  17. without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
    summarily
  18. asking humbly and earnestly; (n.) one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor
    suppliant
  19. an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish
    talisman
  20. to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form
    undulate

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