20 terms

Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary: Level G: Unit 2

Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary: Level G: Unit 2
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accost
(v.) to approach and speak first, to confront in a challenging or aggressive way

SYN: buttonhole, approach
ANT: avoid, shun
animadversion
(n.) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval

SYN: rebuke, reproof
ANT: praise, compliment
avid
(adj.) desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager

SYN: keen, enthusiastic, grasping
ANT: reluctant, indifference, unenthusiastic
brackish
(adj.) having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink

SYN: saline
ANT clear, sweet
celerity
(n.) swiftness, rapidity of motion or action

SYN: promptness, speed
ANT: slowness, sluggishness, dilatoriness
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
ANT: direct, straightforward, open, aboveboard
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, 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, placid, palmy
ANT: (adj.) turbulent, tumultuous
histrionic
(adj.) pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial, melodramatic

SYN: affected, stagy
ANT: muted, untheatrical, subdued
incendiary
(adj.) deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife per rebellion
(n.) one who deliberately sets fires, arsonists, one who causes strife

SYN: (adj.) inflammatory, provocative; (n.) firebrand
ANT: (adj.) soothing, quieting; (n.) peacemaker
maelstrom
(n.) a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction

SYN: chaos, turbulence, tumult
myopic
(adj.) nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment

SYN: shortsighted
ANT: farsighted
overt
(adj.) open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized

SYN: clear, obvious, manifest, patent
ANT: clandestine, covert, concealed
pejorative
(adj.) tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling

ANT: complimentary, ameliorative
propriety
(n.) the state of being proper, appropriateness
(pl.) standards of what is proper or socially acceptable

SYN: fitness, correctness
ANT: unseemliness, inappropriateness
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
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 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: fluctuate, rise and fall