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20 terms

Hn.Eng. Vocab Week 2

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accost
(v) to confront boldly; to approach especially with a question, greeting, or remark (usually neg. connotation)
animadversion
(n) an unfavorable or censorious comment; strong criticism
avid
(adj) enthusiastic; ardent; dedicated; keen
brackish
(adj) having a briny or salty flavor; distasteful; unpleasant
celerity
(n) swiftness; speed; alacrity
devious
(adj) wandering from a direct course; vagrant; cunning, crafty, or sly
gambit
(n) in chess, it can be an opening in which a player seeks to obtain some advantage by sacrificing a piece; a ploy, stratagem, scheme, or ruse
halcyon
(adj) calm, peaceful, tranquil; prosperous, golden, rich; (n) a fabled bird identified with the kingfisher that could calm the wind and the waves
histrionic
(adj) overly dramatic in behavior or speech; melodramatic; theatrical
incendiary
(adj) capable of causing fire or involving arson; (n) an arsonist or instigator of fires or riots
maelstrom
(n) a large, powerful whirlpool; a violent or turbulent situation resembling a whirlpool
myopic
(adj) unable or unwilling to act prudently; shortsighted; nearsighted
overt
(adj) open to view or knowledge; not concealed; public
pejorative
(adj) having a disparaging, derogatory, or belittling effect or force
propriety
(n) conformity to established standards of good or proper bahvior or manners
sacrilege
(n) the violation, profanation, theft, or misuse of anything sacred
summarily
(adv) in a prompt or direct manner; abruptly; promptly
suppliant
(n) a petitioner or one who asks humbly and earnestly; (adj) asking humbly or earnestly
talisman
(n) an amulet or charm believed to possess magic powers
undulate
(v) to move in a wavelike motion; to cause to move in waves; ripple; fluctuate