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Glossary of AP Vocab Unit 2

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v. to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or agressive way; buttonhole, approach, confront
accost
n. a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval; rebuke, reproof
animadversion
adj. desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager; keen, enthusiastic, grasping
avid
adj. having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink; briny, saline
brackish
n. swiftness, rapidity of motion or action; promptness, alacrity, speed
celerity
adj. straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way; roundabout, indirect, tricky, sly, artful
devious
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; ploy, stratagem, ruse, maneuver
gambit
n. a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; adj. calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent; tranquil, serene, placid, palmy
halcyon
adj. pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic; affected, stagy
histrionic
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; adj. inflammatory, provocative; n. firebrand
incendiary
n. a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction; vortex, chaos, turbulence, tumult
maelstrom
adj. nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment; shortsighted
myopic
adj. open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized; clear, obvious, manifest, patent
overt
adj. tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
pejorative
n. the state of eing proper, appropriateness; standards of what is proper or socially acceptable; fitness, correctness, decorum
propriety
n. improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred; desecration, profanation, defilement
sacrilege
adv. without delay or formality; briefly, concisely; promptly, peremptorily, abruptly
summarily
adj. asking humbly and earnestly; n. one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor
suppliant
n. an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish
talisman
v. to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form; ripple, fluctuate, rise and fall
undulate

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