Vocab 2

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Accost(verb) approach and address (someone) boldly or aggressively
Animadversion(noun) criticism or censure- a comment or remark, especially a critical one
avid(adj) having or showing keen interest in or enthusiasm for something
brackish(adj) unpleasant or distasteful, salty- of water, fish, or other organisms
celerity(noun) swiftness, speed, promptness
devious(adj) showing a skillful use of underhanded tactics to achieve goals (shifty, sly, tricky)
gambit(noun) a device, action, or opening remark, typically one entailing a degree of risk, that is calculated to gain an advantage- (in chess) an opening in which a player makes a sacrifice, typically of a pawn for the sake of some compensating advantage
halcyon(adj) denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful. (noun) a tropical fish or mythical bird
histrionic(adj) overly theatrical or melodramatic in character or style. (noun) exaggerateed dramatic behavior designed to attract attention, or an actor
incendiary(adj) designed to cause fires. (noun) deliberately setting fires
maelstrom(noun) a powerful whirlpool in the sea or a river, storm. A situation or state of confused movement or violent turmoil
myopic(adj) nearsighted, or lacking imagination, foresight, or intellectual insight
overt(adj) done or shown openly; plainly or readily apparent, not secret or hidden, clear, obvious
pejorative(adj) expressing contempt or disapproval. (noun) a word expressing contempt or disapproval
propriety(noun) the state or quality of conforming to conventionally accepted standards of behavior or morals
sacrilege(noun) violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred
summarily(adverb) in a quick manner
suppliant(noun) a person making a humble plea to someone in power or authority. (adj) making or expressing a plea, especially to someone in power or authority
talisman(noun) an object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck
undulate(verb) move with a smooth wavelike motion. (adj) having a wavy surface or edge

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