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Sadlier-Oxford: Level G: Units 1-3

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Accost
To approach and speak first, to confront
Animadversion
A comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
Avid
Wanting something to the point of greed
Brackish
Having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
Celerity
Swiftness, rapid motion
Devious
Straying or wandering from a direct course, done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
Gambit
In chess, an opening move that involves risk of a minor piece in order to gain advantage; any opening move of this type
Halcyon
Calm, peaceful, happy, golden
Histrionic
Acting obnoxiously dramatic
Incendiary
Causing fires, tending to cause strife or rebellion
Maelstrom
A huge whirlpool of violence and destruction
Myopic
Nearsighted, lacking a broad or realistic view of a situation
Overt
Open, not hidden
Pejorative
To make worse
Propriety
The state of being proper
Sacrilege
Improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
Summarily
Without delay
Suppliant
Asking humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, a suitor
Talisman
An object that is considered to have luck or magical powers, an amulet
Undulate
To move in a wave-like motion
Acquisitive
Able to retain ideas or information, concerned with getting wealth or property.
Arrogate
To claim or take without right.
Banal
Obvious, dull.
Belabor
To work on excessively.
Carping
Finding fault in a petty or nasty way. Nit-picking.
Coherent
Holding or sticking together.
Congeal
To change from a liquid to a solid.
Emulate
To imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model.
Encomium
A formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute.
Eschew
To shun, to keep away from.
Germane
Relevant, Appropriate.
Insatiable
So great or demanding as not to be satisfied. (Appitites)
Intransigent
Refusing to compromise, stubborn.
Invidious
Offensive or hateful.
Largesse
Generosity in giving.
Reconnaissance
A survey made for military purposes.
Substantiate
To establish by evidence, to prove.
Taciturn
Habitually silent or quiet.
Temporize
To stall to gain time.
Tenable
Capable of being held or defended.
Articulate
To pronouce distinctly
Cavort
To prance around exuberantly or playfully
Credence
Belief
Decry
To express strong disapproval
Dissemble
To disguise
Distraught
To be very upset
Eulogy
High praise to the deceased at funerals
Evince
To display clearly
Exhume
To remove from the grave
Feckless
Weak, lacking strength
Murky
Dark, gloomy, lacking in clarity
Nefarious
Wicked
Piquant
Spicy foods
Primordial
Developed or created at the very beginning
Propinquity
Nearness in place or time, proximity
Unwonted
Not usual, unexpected
Utopian
A visionary view of an ideal world
Verbiage
Language that is too wordy
Verdant
Green in color, immature experience
Viscous
Gluey quality, sticky, thick