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Accost

v

To approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way
Synonym: approach
Antonym: avoid
The idea of having guards as a celebrity's entourage is for them to ACCOST those possibly harmful to the celebrity.

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Animadversion

n

A comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
Synonym: rebuke
Antonym: praise
The correct way to get children motivated is to offer constructive criticism; not excessive unmeaningful praise or ANIMADVERSIONS.

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Avid

adj

Desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager
Synonym: keen
Antonym: reluctant
An AVID football fan, Richard never misses a game of his favorite team on television or any football stats that are put out.

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Brackish

adj

Having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
Synonym: saline
Antonym: clear
One method of curing a sore throat is to gargle with warm, BRACKISH water.

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Celerity

n

Swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
Synonym: promptness
Antonym: sluggishness
With CELERITY, Apple Stores among the country filled as eager customers purchased the newly-released iPhones.

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Devious

adj

Straying or wandering from a straight or direct course, done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
Synonym: tricky
Antonym: direct
The person who committed the crime could easily be identified because he was adding in a DEVIOUS manner when questioned.

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Gambit

n

In chess, an opening move that involves risk ornaaxrigic

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Halcyon

adj

Of or relating to the halcyon, calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent
Synonym: placid
Antonym: turbulent
The best thing is the feeling in the summer sitting on a HALCYON beach on a beautiful day.

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Histrionic

adj

Pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic
Synonym: theatrical
Antonym: turbulent
There is a large difference between normal conversation and the HISTRIONIC dialogue spoken in plays, musicals, and movies.

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Incendiary

adj/n

(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
Synonym: provocative
Antonym: soothing
Beware of the INCENDIARY chemicals in the garage; do not go near them.

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Maelstrom

n

A whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
Synonym: chaos
The flood was a MAELSTROM for the whole village; everything representing it was destroyed.

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Myopic

adj

Nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
Synonym: shortsighted
Antonym: farsighted
You won't be able to come up with a complete solution to the problem with only a MYOPIC view of it

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Overt

adj

Open, not hidden; expressed or t

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Pejorative

adj

Tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
Synonym: derogatory
Antonym: complimentary
A source of much controversy in society is PEJORATIVE comments based on prejudice.

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Propriety

n

The state of being proper, appropriateness
(pl) Standards of what is proper and socially acceptable
Synonym: decorum
Antonym: inappropriateness
At the fancy restaurant, there are very high standards of PROPRIETY in place.

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Sacrilege

n

Improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
Synonym: desecration
Vandalism of the statue is SACRILEGE of something that symbolizes our city.

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Summarily

adv

Without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
Synonym: promptly
Without any wait, the helper SUMMARILY cleaned up the mess right when Sheila asked him to.

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Suppliant

adj/n

(adj) Asking humbly and earnestly
(n) One who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor
Synonym: petitioner
The citizens made a SUPPLIANT request, and it is not a beneficial idea to ignore it.

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Talisman

n

An object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish
Synonym: amulet
A good-luck charm can be any TALISMAN that you believe will give you good fortune.

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Undulate

v

To move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form
Synonym: fluctuate
The heart monitor contained a screen with a green line that would UNDULATE.