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English 10 Unit 2 Vocab

English
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Accost
To approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way
Animadversion
A comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
Avid
Desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager
Brackish
Having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
Celerity
Swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
Devious
Straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
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
Halcyon
A legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden, prosperous, affluent
Histrionic
Pertaining to actors and their techniques, theatrical, artificial; melodramatic
Incendiary
Deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion; one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist; one who causes strife
Maelstrom
A whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction.
Myopic
Nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
Overt
Open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
Pejorative
Tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
Propriety
The state of being proper, appropriateness; standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
Sacrilege
Improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
Summarily
Without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
Suppliant
Asking humbly and earnestly; one who makes request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor
Talisman
An object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, and amulet, fetish
Undulate
To move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form