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Sadler-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop New Edition: Level G: Unit 2: Definitions

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accost
verb, to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way
animadversion
noun, a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
avid
adjective, desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager
brackish
adjective, having a salty taste and unpleasent to drink
celerity
noun, swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
devious
adjective, straying or wandering from a straight or direct course, done or acted in a shifty or underhanded way
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
halcyon
noun, a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; adjective, of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent
histrionic
adjective, pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic
incendiary
adjective, deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion; noun, the one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist; one who causes strife
maelstrom
noun, a whirlpool of great size and violance; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
myopic
adjective, nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
overt
adjective, open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
pejorative
adjective, tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
propriety
noun, the state of being proper, appropriateness
sacrilege
noun, improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
summarily
adverb, without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
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