Vocab 1

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Acquisitive

(adj.) able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with gaining wealth or property

Animadversion

(n.) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval

Banal

(adj.) hackneyed, trite, commonplace

Celerity

(n.) swiftness, rapidity of motion or action

Congeal

(v.) to change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid

Decry

(v.) to condemn, express strong disapproval; to officially depreciate

Eschew

(v.) to avoid, shun, keep away from

Eulogy

(n.) a formal statement of commendation; high praise

Feckless

(adj.) lacking in spirit and strength; ineffective, weak; irresponsible, unreliable

Halcyon

(n.) a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; (adj.) calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent

Intransigent

(adj.) refusing to compromise; irreconcilable

Maelstrom

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

Nefarious

(adj.) wicked, depraved, devoid of moral standards

Pejorative

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

Piquant

(adj.) stimulating to the taste or mind; spicy, pungent; appealingly provocative

Reconnaissance

(n.) a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination

Summarily

(adj.) without delay or formality; briefly, concisely

Temporize

(v.) to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise

Undulate

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

Verdant

(adj.) green in tint or color; immature in experience or judgement

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