Vocabulary Unit 2

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accost

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

syns- buttonhole, approach, confront
ant- evade, avoid, shun

animadversion

(noun) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval

syn- rebuke, reproof
ant- praise, compliment

avid

(adjective) desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager.

syn- keen, enthusiastic, grasping
ant-reluctant, indifferent, unenthusiastic

brackish

(adjective) having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink.

syn- briny, saline
ant- fresh, clear, sweet

devious

(adjective) straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way

syn- roundabout, indirect, tricky, sly, artful
ant- direct, straightforward, open, aboveboard

celerity

(noun) swiftness, rapidity of motion or action

syn- promptness.alacrity, speed
ant- slowness, sluggishness, dilatoriness

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

syn- poly, stratagem, ruse, maneuver

halcyon

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

(adjective)
syn- tranquil, serene, placid, palmy
ant- turbulent, chaotic, tumultuous

histrionic

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

syn- affected, stagy
ant- low-keyed, muted, untheatrical, subdued

incendiary

(adjective) deliberately stting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stur up strife or rebellion
(noun) one who delibrately sets fires, arsonist; one who causes strife

syn- (adj) inflammatory, proactove (noun) firebrand
ant- (adj) soothing, quieting (noun) peacemaker

maelstrom

(noun) a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction

syn- vortex, chaos, turbulence, tumult

myopic

(adjective) nearsighted, lacking of a broad, a realaistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment

syn- shortsighted
ant- farsighted

overt

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

sny- clear, obvious, manifest, patent
ant- secret, clanestine, covert , concealed

pejorative

(adjective) tending to make worse; expressing dissaproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling.

ant- complementary, ameliorative

propriety

(noun) the state of being proper, appropriateness
(pl.)standards of what is proper or socially acceptablt

syn- fitness, correctness, decorum
ant-unseemliness, inappropriateness

sacrilege

(noun) improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred

sny- desecration, profanation, defilement

summarily

(adjective) without delay or formalityl briefly, concisely

syn- promptly, peremptorily, abruptly

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

syn- ripple, fluctuate, rise and fall

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