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Unit 2

STUDY
PLAY
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