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accost
v. to approach and speak first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way
accost; S
S: buttonhole, approach, confront
animadversion
n. a comment indicating strong criticisum or disapproval
animadversion; S
S: rebuke, reproof
avid
adj. Desirious of something to the point of greed, intensely eager
avid; S
S: keen, enthusiastic, grasping
brackish
adj. Having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
brackish; S
S: briny, saline
celerity
n. swiftness, rapidity or motion or action
celerity; S
S: promptness, alacrity, speed
devious
adj. Straying or wondering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
devious; S
S: roundabout, indirect, tricky, sly, artful
gambit
n. in chess, an opening move that involves the risk of a sacrifice of a minor piece in order to later gain advantage;
gambit; S
S: ploy, strategem, ruse, maneuver
halcyon
n. legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; adj. Calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous affluent
halcyon; S
S: adj. Tranquil, serene, placid, palmy
histronic
adj. Pertaining to actos and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic
histronic; S
S: affected, stagy
incendiary
adj. Deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion; n. arsonist, one who starts strifes
incendiary; S
S: adj. Inflammatory, provocative; n. firebrand
maelstrom
n. a whirpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
maelstrom; S
S: vortex, chaos, turbulence, tumult
myopic
adj. Nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
myopic; S
S: shortsighted
overt
adj. Open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
overt; S
S: clear, obvious, manifest, patent
pejorative
adj. Tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belitting
propriety
n. the state of being proper, appropriateness; pl. standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
propriety; S
S: fitness, correctness, decorum
sacrilege
n. improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
sacrilege; S
S: desecration, profanation, defilement
summarily
adv. Without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
summarily; S
S: promptly, peremptorily, abruptly
suppliant
adj. Asking humbly and earnestly; n. one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor
talisman
n. an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish
undulate
v. to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form
undulate; S
S: ripple, fluctuate, rise and fall