Unit 1,2,&3 Vocab

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acquisitive
adj.) able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property
-greedy
arrogate
v.) to claim or take without right
banal
adj.) hackneyed, trite, commonplace
-stale
belabor
v.) to work on excessively; to trash soundly
carping
adj.) tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way
n.) petty, nagging criticism
-nit-picking
coherent
adj.) holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible; meaningful
congeal
v.) to change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid
-harden
emulate
v.) to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model
-copy, mimic, rival, match
encomium
n.) a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute
eschew
v.) to avoid, shun, or keep away from
germane
adj.) relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting
insatiable
adj.) so great or demanding as not to be satisfied
intransigent
adj.) refusing to compromise
invidious
adj.) offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment
-spiteful
largesse
n.) generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributions
reconnaissance
n.) a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination
substantiate
v.) to establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to
-confirm
taciturn
adj.) habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little
-uncommunicative
temporize
v.) to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise
-procrastinate
tenable
adj.) capable of being held or defended
-defensible, maintainable, justifiable
accost
v.) to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way
-buttonhole, approach
animadversion
n.) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
avid
adj.) desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager
-grasping, enthusiastic
brackish
adj.) having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
celerity
n.)swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
devious
adj.) straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty underhanded way
-roundabout, indirect, 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
halcyon
n.) a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher
adj.) of or relating to the halcyon; calm;peaceful;happy, golden; prosperous, affluent
histrionic
adj.) pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial, melodramatic
-affected
incendiary
adj.) deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up rebellion
n.) one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist; one who causes strife
-inflammatory
myopic
adj.) nearsided; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
overt
adj.) open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
pejorative
adk.) tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, belittling
propriety
n.) the state of being proper, appropriateness
-fitness, correctness
sacrilege
n.) improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
-desecration, profanation
summarily
adv.) without delay or formality; briefly
suppliant
adj.) asking humbly and earnestly
n.) one who makes a humble request
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
maelstrom
n.) a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
-chaos, turbulence
cavort
v.) to romp or prance around exuberantly; to make merry
credence
n.) belief, mental acceptance
-credit, trust, confidence
decry
v.) to condemn, express strong disapproval; to officially depreciate
-denounce, devalue
dissemble
v.) to disguise or conceal; deliberately give a false impression
-mask
distraught
adj.) very much agitated or upset as a result of emotion or mental conflict
-distracted
eulogy
n.) a formal statement of commendation; high praise
-tribute
evince
v.) to display clearly, to make evident, to provoke
-exhibit, occasion
exhume
v.) to remove from a grace; to bring to light
feckless
adj.) lacking in spirit and strength; ineffective, weak; irresponsible, unreliable
-ineffectual
murky
adj.) dark and gloomy; obscure; lacking in clarity and precision
-dim;cloudy
nefarious
adj.) wicked, depraved, devoid or moral standards
-reprehensible
piquant
adj.)stimulating to the taste or mind; spicy, pungent; appealingly provocative
-zestful
primordial
adj.) developed or created at the very beginning; going back to the most ancient times or earliest stage; fundamental, basic
-original
propinquity
n.) nearness in place or time; kinship
-similarity
substantive
adj.) real, having a solid basis; considerable in number or amount; meaningful and on topic
-firm, substantial, meaty
unwonted
adj.) not usual or expected; not in character
-unusual, uncommon, unexpected
utopian
adj.) founded upon or involving a visionary view of an ideal world; impractical
verbiage
n.) language that is too wordy or inflated in proportion to the sense or content, wordiness; a manner of expression
-diction
verdant
adj.) green in tint or color; immature in experience or judgment
-naïve
viscous
adj.) having a gelatinous or gluey quality, lacking in easy movement or fluidity
-sticky, thick