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Accost
To approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request.
Animadversion
Strong criticism
Avid
1. Having an ardent desire or unbounded craving; greedy
2.Marked by keen interest and enthusiasm: an avid sports fan.
Brackish
Distasteful; unpalatable: a thin, brackish gruel.
Celerity
Swiftness of action or motion; speed
Devious
1.Not straightforward; shifty
2.Deviating from the straight or direct course; roundabout
Gambit
A remark intended to open a conversation.
Halcyon
A fabled bird, identified with the kingfisher, that was supposed to have had the power to calm the wind and the waves while it nested on the sea during the winter solstice
Histrionic
1.Of or relating to actors or acting
2.Excessively dramatic or emotional; affected
Incendiary
1.Causing or capable of causing fire
2.An arsonist
Maelstrom
A violent or turbulent situation: caught in the maelstrom of war.
Myopic
A visual defect in which distant objects appear blurred because their images are focused in front of the retina rather than on it; nearsightedness.
Overt
Open and observable; not hidden, concealed, or secret: overt hostility; overt intelligence gathering.
2.Of, relating to, or being military or intelligence operations sanctioned or mandated by Congress: overt aid to the rebels.
Propriety
1. The quality of being proper; appropriateness
2.Conformity to prevailing customs and usages
Pejorative
1. Tending to make or become worse
2. Disparaging; belittling.
Sacrilege
Desecration, profanation, misuse, or theft of something sacred.
Summarily
1.Presenting the substance in a condensed form; concise: a summary review
2.Performed speedily and without ceremony: summary justice; a summary rejection
Suppliant
Asking humbly and earnestly; beseeching
Talisman
An object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection.
Undulate
To cause to move in a smooth wavelike motion