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Vocabulary Workshop Level G Unit 2


Vocabulary Workshop Level G (Grade 12) Unit 2

Vocabulary Workshop Level G (Grade 12) Unit 2

Word List

  1. accost
    (v.) to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way
  2. maelstrom
    (n.) a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
  3. animadversion
    (n.) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
  4. myopic
    (adj.) nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
  5. avid
    (adj.) desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager
  6. overt
    (adj.) open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
  7. brackish
    (adj.) having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
  8. pejorative
    (adj.) tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
  9. celerity
    (n.) swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
  10. propriety
    (n.) the state of being proper, appropriateness; (pl.) standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
  11. devious
    (adj.) straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
  12. sacrilege
    (n.) improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
  13. 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
  14. summarily
    (adv.) without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
  15. halcyon
    (n.) a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; (adj.) of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent
  16. suppliant
    (adj.) asking humbly and earnestly; (n.) one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor
  17. histrionic
    (adj.) pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic
  18. talisman
    (n.) an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish
  19. 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
  20. undulate
    (v.) to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form

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