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(v) to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way


s: buttonhole, approach, confront

a: evade, avoid, shun
accost
(n) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval


s:rebuke, reproof

a:praise, compliment
animadversion
(adj) desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager


s: keen, enthusiastic, grasping

a: reluctant, indifferent, unenthusiastic
avid
(adj) having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink


s:briny, saline

a:fresh, clear, sweet
brackish
(n) swiftness, rapidity of motion or action


s: promptness, alacrity, speed

a: slowness, sluggishness, dilatoriness
celerity
(adj) straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way


s:roundabout, indirect, tricky, sly, artful

a: direct, straightforward, open, aboveboard
devious
(n) in chess, an opening move that involves risk of sacrifice of minor piece in order to gain a later advantage; any opening move of this type


s: ploy, stratagem, ruse, maneuver
gambit
(n) legendary bird identified w/ the kingfisher

(adj) of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent


s: (adj) tranquil, serene, placid, palmy

a: (adj) turbulent, chaotic, tumultuous
halcyon
(adj) pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, atrificial; melodramatic


s: affected, stagy

a: low-keyed, muted, untheatrical, subdued
histrionic
(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


s: (adj) inflammatory, provocative (n) firebrand

a: (adj) soothing, quieting (n) peacemaker
incendiary
(n) a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction


s: vortex, chaos, turbulence, tumult
maelstrom
(adj) nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment


s: shortsighted

a: farsighted
myopic
(adj) open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized


s: clear, obvious, manifest, patent

a:secret, clandestine, covert concealed
overt
(adj) tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling


a: complimentary, ameliorative
pejorative
(n) the state of being proper, appropriateness (pl) standards of what is proper or socially acceptable


s: fitness, correctness, decorum

a: unseemliness, inappropriateness
propriety
(n) improper or disresppectful treatment of something held sacred


s: desecration, profanation, defilement
sacrilege
(adv) w/out delay or formality; briefly, concisely


s: promptly, peremptorily, abruptly
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 a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form


s: ripple, fluctuate, rise and fall
undulate