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(v.) accost

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

(n.) animadversion

a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval

(adj.) avid

desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager

(adj.) brackish

having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink

(n.) celerity

swiftness, rapidity of motion or action

(adj.) devious

straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way

(n.) gambit

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

(n.) halcyon

a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher

(adj.) halcyon

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

(adj.) histrionic

pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic

(adj.) incendiary

deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion

(n.) incendiary

one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist; one who causes strife

(n.) maelstrom

a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction

(adj.) myopic

nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment

(adj.) overt

open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized

(adj.) pejorative

tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling

(n.) propriety

the state of being proper, appropriateness; standards of what is proper

(n.) sacrilege

improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred

(adv.) summarily

without delay or formality; briefly, concisely

(adj.) suppliant

asking humbly and earnestly

(n.) suppliant

one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor

(n.) talisman

an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish

(v.) undulate

to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form

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