Unit 2 Vocabulary

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Unit 2 Vocabulary
2010-09-27 22:19:21
Unit Vocabulary

Unit 2 Vocabulary
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  1. Accost
    To approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way
  2. Animadversion
    A comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
  3. Avid
    Desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager
  4. Brackish
    Having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
  5. Celerity
    Swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
  6. Devious
    Straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
  7. Gambit
    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.
  8. Halcyon
    A legendary bird identified with the king fisher; (adj) of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent
  9. Histionic
    Pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic
  10. Incendiary
    Deliberatley 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
  11. Maelstrom
    A whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destuction
  12. Myopic
    Nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
  13. Overt
    Open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
  14. Pejorative
    Tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
  15. Propriety
    The state of being proper, appropriateness; (pl) standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
  16. Sacrilege
    Improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
  17. Summarily
    Without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
  18. Suppliant
    Asking humbly and earnestly; (n) One who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor.
  19. Talisman
    An object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish
  20. Undulate
    To move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have wavelike appearnce or form