Sadler-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop New Edition: Level G: Unit 2: Definitions

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accost

verb, to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way

animadversion

noun, a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval

avid

adjective, desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager

brackish

adjective, having a salty taste and unpleasent to drink

celerity

noun, swiftness, rapidity of motion or action

devious

adjective, straying or wandering from a straight or direct course, done or acted in a shifty or underhanded way

gambit

noun, 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

halcyon

noun, a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; adjective, of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent

histrionic

adjective, pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic

incendiary

adjective, deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion; noun, the one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist; one who causes strife

maelstrom

noun, a whirlpool of great size and violance; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction

myopic

adjective, nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment

overt

adjective, open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized

pejorative

adjective, tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling

propriety

noun, the state of being proper, appropriateness

sacrilege

noun, improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred

summarily

adverb, without delay or formality; briefly, concisely

suppliant

adjective, asking humbly and earnestly; noun, one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor

talisman

noun, an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish

undulate

verb, to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form

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