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accost
to approach and speak to first; confront in a challenging way
s: approach, confront
a: avoid, shun
animadversion
comment indicating strong criticism/disapproval
s:rebuke, repoof
a: praise, compliment
avid
desiriou of something to the point of greed
s: enthusiastic, grasping
a: reluctant, indifferent
brackish
having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
s: briny, saline
a: fresh, clear, sweet
celerity
swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
s: speed
a: slowness, sluggish
devious
straying or wandering from a straight or direct course in a shifty way
s: indirect, sly, tricky
a: open, direct
gambit
opening move in chess that involves risk and sacrifice
s: ploy, stratagem, maneuver
halcyon
legendary bird identified w/ the kingfisher;calm, peaceful, happy, golden
s: tranquil, serene
a: turbulent, chaotic
histrionic
pertaining to actors and their techniques;theatrical
s: affected, stagy
s: muted subdued
icendiary
deliberately setting or causing fires; stir up rebellion; one who causes strife
s: inflammatory, provocative
a: soothing, peacemaker
maelstrom
a whirlpool of size and violence
s: votex, chaos, turbulence
myopic
nearsighted;lacking a realistic view or discernment
s: shortsighted
a: farsighted
overt
open, not hidden, expressed in a recognizable way
s: clear, obvious
a: secret, covert, concealed
pejorative
tending to make worse;expressing disapproval
a: complimentary
propriety
the state of being proper;appropriateness;socially acceptable
s: fitness, correctness
a: inappropriateness
sacrilege
improper or disrespectful treatment of something sacred
s: descreation, defilement
summarily
without dealy; briefly;concisely
s: promptly, abruptly
suppliant
asking humbly and earnestly;petitioner, suitor
talisman
an object that serves as a charm, amulet, fetish
undulate
to move in waves or witha wavelike motion, appearance or form
s: ripple, fluctuate, rise and fall