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(v.) To appproach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or agressive way
accost
(n) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
animadversion
(adj) desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager
avid
(adj) having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
brackish
(n) swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
celerity
(adj) straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
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
gambit
(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
incendiary
(n) a whirpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
maelstrom
(adj) pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial, melodramatic
histrionic
(adj) nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation lacking foresight or discernment
myopic
(n) a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; (adj) of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous,affluent
halcyon
(adj) open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
overt
(adj)Tending to make worse; expressing dissaproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
pejorative
(n) the state of being proper, appropriateness; (pl.) standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
propriety
(n) improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
sacrilege
(adv) without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
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
undulate