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accost
to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging and aggressive way
animadversion
a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
avid
desirous of something almost to the point of greed; intensly eager
brackish
having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
celerity
swiftness; rapidity of motion and action
devious
straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty way
gambit
in chess, an opening move that involves risk a minor piece to gain a later advantage
halcyon
a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; calm, peaceful, happy
histrionic
pertaining to actors and their tecniques; melodramatic
incendiary
deliberatly causing or setting fires; tending to stir up a rebellion; a person who deliberatly sets fires
maelstrom
a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence
myopic
nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of things
overt
open, not hidden; expressed in a way that is easliy recognized
pejorative
tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagment; derogatory
propriety
the state of being proper; standards for what is proper and socially acceptable
sacrilege
improper treatment of something sacred
summarily
without delay or formality
suppliant
asking humbly or earnestly; one who makes a request humbly or earnestly
talisman
an object that serves as a charm or is belived to confer magical powers
undulate
to move in waves or a wavelike motion