Unit 2

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accost

(v.) to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way; syn: buttonhole, approach, confront

animadversion

(n.) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval; syn: rebuke, reproof

avid

(adj.) desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager; syn: keen, enthusiastic, grasping

brackish

(adj.) having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink; syn: briny, saline

celerity

(n) swiftness, rapidity of motion or action; syn: promptness, alacrity, speed

devious

(adj.) straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way; syn: roundabout, indirect, tricky, sly, artful

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, stratagem, ruse, maneuver

halcyon

(n.) a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; (adj.) of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent; syn: (adj) tranquil, serene, placid, palmy

histrionic

(adj.) pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic; syn: affected, stagy

incendiary

(adj.) 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; syn: (adj) inflammatory, provocative, (n) firebrand

maelstrom

(n) a whirlpool or great size and violence; a situation resmebling a whirlpool in violence and destruction; syn: vortex, chaos, turbulence, tumult

myopic

(adj.) nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment; syn: shortsighted

overt

(adj.) open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized; syn: clear, obvious, manifest, patent

pejorative

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

propriety

(n.) the state of being proper, appropriateness; (pl.) standards of what is proper or socially acceptable; syn: fitness, correctness, decorum

sacrilege

(n.) improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred; syn: desecration, profanation, defilement

summarily

(adv.) without delay or formality; briefly, concisely; syn: promptly, peremptorily, abruptly

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 with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form; syn: ripple, fluctuate, rise and fall

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