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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