Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop Level D Unit 2

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accost

v. to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging way

Syn: approach
Ant: avoid

animadversion

n. a comment indicating strong criticism

Syn: rebuke
Ant: praise

avid

adj. desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager

Syn:keen
Ant: reluctant

brackish

adj. having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink

Syn: saline
Ant: clear

celerity

n. swiftness, rapidity of motion or action

Syn: promptness
Ant: sluggishness

devious

adj. straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way

Syn: roundabout
Ant: straightforward

gambit

n. 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

Syn: ploy

halcyon

adj. of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent

Syn: placid
Ant: turbulent

histrionic

adj. pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic

Syn: theatrical
Ant: subdued

incendiary

adj. deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion

Syn: provocative
Ant: soothing

maelstrom

n. a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction

Syn: chaos

myopic

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

Syn: shortsighted
Ant: farsighted

overt

adj. open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognizable

Syn: obvious
Ant: covert

pejorative

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

Syn: derogatory
Ant: complementary

propriety

n. the state of being proper; appropriateness

Syn: correctness
Ant: inappropriateness

sacrilege

n. improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred

Syn: desecration

summarily

adv. without delay or formality; briefly, concisely

Syn: promptly

suppliant

adj. asking humbly and earnestly; n. one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor

talisman

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

undulate

v. to move in waves or in a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form

Syn: fluctuate

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