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accost
to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or agressive way
myopic
nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation lacking foresight or discernment
gambit
in chess, an opening move that involves risk or sacifrice or a minor piece in order to gain a later advantage; any opening move of this type
animadversion
a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval. Verbal attack
maelstrom
a whirlpool of great size and violence, a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
halcyon
calm, peaceful,happy,golden, prosperoous,affluent
avid
desirous of something to the point of greed, intensely eager
incendiary
deliberately settling 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
histronic
pertaining to actors and thier techniques; theatrical, artificial,melodramtic
brackish
having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
devious
straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
celerity
swiftness, rapidly of motion or action
overt
open, not hidden,expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recongnized
undulate
to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike apperance or form
summarily
without delay or formality, briefly, concisely
talisman
an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, fetish
perojative
tending to make worse, expressing disapproval or disparangement, derogatory
propierty
the state of being proper, appropriateness, standards of what is proper or socailly acceptable
suppliant
asking humbly snd earnestly. one who makes a request. suitor
sacrilege
improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
Down in the main square, a wrinkled old peasant was selling charms and _____________ to ward off the evil eye.
talisman
His plae face, hunched shoulders, and __________ stare showed that he had spent his life pouring over old books and documents.
myopic
To be really convincing on stage, an opera singer must possess both vocal and ____________ abilities.
histrionic
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was a(n)_________act of war.
overt
We looked back on those __________ years before the war broke out a kind a "golden age" in our history.
halcyon
In the eyes of most Americans, people who burn or spit on our flag are guilty of an intolerable __________.
sacrilege
The tons of ___________ material ignited and turned the waste disposal plant into a roaring inferno.
incendiary
The _________ with which he accepted our invitation to dinner sugested that he was badly in neeed a good meal.
celerity
In Grandmother's day, standards of _________ required that a young lady wear a hat and gloves when she went out in public.
propierty
On the return trip, we cut straight across the meadows rather than take the _______ route.
devious
To our dismay, we discovered that the water we had worked so hard to bring to the surface was too ________ for human consumption.
brackish
As an employee of the local polling service last summer, it was my job to _________ people on the street and ask thier opinions.
accost
Many a rich southern planter saw all his or her financial resources swallowed up in the __________ of the Civil War.
maelstrom
After the prisoner had been found guilty of treason, he was led before a firing squad and __________ executed.
animadversion
During the rainy season, the highway sank at so many points that its surface began to _______like a tracks of a roller coaster.
undulate
I stand before you an abject ________, hoping against hope for sign of your forgiveness.
suppliant
My brother is such _______ collector of toy soldiers that I sometimes think our house has been invaded pint size army.
avid
The suffix- ling often has a(n) ________ connotation, as in the word princeling. from the word prince.
pejorative
After the prisoner was found guilty of treason, he was ___________ executed.
summarily
Any book on chess strategy usually discusses the standard opeing moves such as the " kinghts ________"
gambit