23 terms

Unit 2 Vocabulary Words

(v.) accost
to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way
(n.) animadversion
a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
(adj.) avid
desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager
(adj.) brackish
having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
(n.) celerity
swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
(adj.) devious
straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
(n.) gambit
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
(n.) halcyon
a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher
(adj.) halcyon
of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent
(adj.) histrionic
pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic
(adj.) incendiary
deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion
(n.) incendiary
one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist; one who causes strife
(n.) maelstrom
a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
(adj.) myopic
nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
(adj.) overt
open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
(adj.) pejorative
tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
(n.) propriety
the state of being proper, appropriateness; standards of what is proper
(n.) sacrilege
improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
(adv.) summarily
without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
(adj.) suppliant
asking humbly and earnestly
(n.) suppliant
one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor
(n.) talisman
an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish
(v.) undulate
to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form