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accost
(v.) to approach and speak to first, to confront in aggressive way

Syn: buttonhole, approach, confront
Ant: evade, avoid, shun
animadversion
(n.) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval

Syn: rebuke, reproof
Ant: Praise, compliment
avid
(adj.) desirous of something to the point of greed, intensely eager

Syn: keen, enthusiastic, grasping
Ant: reluctant, indifferent, unenthusiastic
brackish
(adj.) having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink

Syn: briny, saline
Ant: fresh, clear, sweet
celerity
(n.) swiftness, rapidity of motion or action

Syn: promtpness, alacrity, speed
Ant: slowness, sluggishness, dilatoriness
devious
(adj.) straying or wandering from a straight or direct course, done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way

Syn: roundabout, indirect, tricky, sly, artful
Ant: direct, straightforward, open, aboveboard
gambit
(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

Syn: ploy, stratagem, ruse, maneuver
halcyon
(n.) a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher, (adj.) of or relation to the halcyon, calm, peaceful, happy, golden, prosperous, affluent

Syn: tranquil, serence, placid, palmy
Ant: turbulent, chaotic, tumultuous
histrionic
(adj.) pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial, melodramtic

Syn: affected, stagy
Ant: low-keyed, muted, untheatrical, subdued
incendiary
(adj.) deliberately setting or causing fires: designed to start fire; tending to stir up strife or rebellion; (n.) one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist, one who causes strife

Syn: inflammatory, provacative, firebrand
Ant: soothing, calming, peacemaker
maelstrom
(n.) a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirpool in violence and destruction.

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

Syn: shortsighted
Ant: farsighted
overt
(adj.) open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized

Syn: clear, obvious, manifest, patent
Ant: secret, clandestine, covert, concealed
pejorative
(adj.) tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
Ant: complimentary, ameliorative
propriety
(n.) the state of being proper, appropriateness; (pl) standards of what is proper or socially acceptable

Syn: fitness, correctness, decorum
Ant: unseemliness, inappropriateness
sacrilege
(n.) improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred

Syn: desecration, profanation, defilement
summarily
(adv.) without delay or formality; breifly, concisely
suppliant
(adj.) asking humbly and earnestly; (n.) one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor

Syn: petitioner, suitor
talisman
(n.) an object that serve as a charm or is believed to confer magical power, an amulet, fetish

Syn: amulet, fetish
undulate
(v.) to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form