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accost

to approach and speak to first; to confront

animadversion

a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval

avid

desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager

brackish

having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink

celerity

swiftness, rapidity of motion or action

devious

straying or wandering from straight course; done in shifty manner

gambit

in chess, opening move that sacrifices minor piece for later advantage

halcyon

legendary bird; calm, peaceful; happy; prosperous

histrionic

theatrical, melodramatic

incendiary

deliberately setting or causing fires; stirring up rebellion

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