Vocab Unit 2 -choosing the right word

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in ancient Egypt, (talismans, scrileges) with the image of a scarab beetle were considered sacred and believed to have healing and protective powers.

talismans

The infatuated schoolboy, in one of his more restrained expressions, described himself as a (sacrilege, suppliant) at the altar of love.

suppliant

"I realize that this kind of financial (gambit, sacrilege) has its risks," she said, "but I expect it to pay off handsomely in the end."

gambit

"His acts of defiance have been so (myopic, overt) and premeditated that I have no choice but to fire him," she said sadly.

overt

John's poem "Sea Fever" has an (avid, undulating) rhythm that actually gives one the feeling of being on a rolling ship.

undulating

Walt tends to react slowly, but when he feels that his own interests are at stake he can move with striking (celerity, myopia).

celerity

Although all politicians must have some ability to dramatize themselves, it is very easy to overdo the (proprieties, histrionics).

histrionics

The adoring fan regarded my negative comments about his favorite singer as tantamount to (maelstrom, sacrilege).

sacrilege

Without even considering the new evidence that I was prepared to present, they (deviously, summarily) denied my appeal to reopen the case.

summarily

She was buffeted about in a veritable (gambit, maelstrom) of emotion, caused mainly by her own dissatisfaction with herself.

maelstrom

He regaurded his Phi Beta Kappa key as a(n) (talisman, animadversion) that would open all doors and win him universal acceptance.

talisman

He is the kind of person who is concerned not with real moral values but simply with appearances and (propriety, celerity).

propriety

Nary a ripple disturbed the (halcyon, brackish) calm of the sea on that glorious summers afternoon.

halcyon

Instead of imbibing the (brackish, suppliant) waters of superstition, let us refresh ourselves with long drafts of pure, clean, common sense.

brackish

Because the word "appeasement" is associated with disasterous concessions to Adolf Hitler, it has aquired a(n) (pejorative, overt) connotation.

pejorative

His reckless words have an (incendiary, overt) effect on the already excited crowd, and large-scale rioting resulted.

incendiary

As the defendant left the courtroom, he was ( gambited, accosted)by a group of reporters seeking his reaction to the verdict.

accosted

I certainly do not claim that my preformance in office was beyond criticism, but I deeply resent (animadversions, maelstroms) on my honesty.

animadversions

After years of failure to sell a single story, the young writer described himself bitterly as "a(n) (pejorative, avid) collector of rejection slips."

avid

In the age when the US has truly global responsibilites, we can ill afford leaders with (myopic, pejorative) points of view

myopic

His methods were so complicated and his purposes so (devious, avid) that we were not sure if he was spying on the enemy or us.

devious

As reported on several online news sites, the (incendiary, gambit) accused in the destructive forest fires has admitted his guilt.

incendiary

To the delight of the impatient graduates, the university president offered her comments at the commencement ceremony (summarily, brackishly).

summarily

After the young actor's audition, the casting directors delivered a harsh evaluation of his overly (histrionic, undulating) monologue.

histrionic

My (myopic, suppliant) request for a later curfew proved successful.

suppliant

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