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accost
v--to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or 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
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 relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent
Syn: (adj) tranquil, serene, placid, palmy
Ant: (adj) turbulent, chaotic, tumultuous
histrionic
adj--pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic
Syn: affected, stagy
Ant: low-keyed, muted, untheatrical, subdued
incendiary
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
Syn: (adj) inflammatory, provocative (n) firebrand
Ant: (adj) soothing, quieting (n) peacemaker
maelstrom
n--a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool 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 diaparagement, defagatory, deprecatory, belittling
Ant: complimentary, ameliorative
propriety
n--the state of being proper, appropriateness; pl--stantards 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; briefly, concisely
Syn: promptly, peremptorily, abruptly
suppliant
adj--asking humbly and earnestly; n--one sho makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor
talisman
n--an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish
undulate
v--to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form
Syn: ripple fluctuate, rise and fall