Unit 2 Definitions- Freshmen English

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accost

(v.) to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way

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animadversion

(n.) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval

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avid

(adj.) desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager

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brackish

(adj.) having salty taste and unpleasant to drink

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celerity

(n.) swiftness, rapidity or motion or action

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devious

(adj.) straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way

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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

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halcyon

(n.) a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher (adj.) of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent

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histrionic

(adj.) pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic

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incendiary

(adj.) deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion (n.) one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist; one who causes strife

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maelstrom

(n.) a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction

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myopic

(adj.) nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment

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overt

(adj.) open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized

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pejorative

(adj.) tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling

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propriety

(n.) the state of being proper, appropriateness (pl.) standards of what is proper or socially acceptable

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sacrilege

(n.) improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred

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summarily

(adv.) without delay or formality; briefly, concisely

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suppliant

(adj.) asking humbly and earnestly (n.) one who makes a request humbly and earnestly; a petitioner, suitor

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talisman

(n.) an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, and amulet, fetish

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undulate

(v.) to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form

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