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Accost

To approach and speak first. Confront

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Animadversion

A comment indicating strong criticism or disproval. Rebuke, strong criticism

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Avid

Desirous of something to the point of greed. Keen, enthusiatisic

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Brackish

Having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink. Briny, salty

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Celerity

Swiftness, rapidity of motion or action. Promptness, swiftness

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Devious

Done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way. Artful

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Gambit

In chess, an opening move that involves risk or sacrifice a minor peace in order to gain a later advantage. Maneuver

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Halcyon

Calm, peaceful. Serene, peaceful

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Histrionic

Pertaining to actors and their techniques. Affected, melodramatic

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Incendiary

Designed to start fire. Inflammatory

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Maelstrom

A whirlpool of great size and violence. Turbulence, large whirlpool

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Myopic

Nearsighted, lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation. Shortsighted

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Overt

Open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized. Obvious, manifest, not hidden

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Pejorative

Tending to make worse. Insulting

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Propriety

The state of being proper, appropriateness. Fitness, politeness

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Sacrilege

Improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred. Desecration

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Summarily

Without delay or formality. Briefly, concisely. Promptly

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Suppliant

Asking humbly and earnestly. One who request humbly and earnestly.

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Talisman

An object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer ,apical powers, an amulet, fetish. Good luck charm

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Undulate

To move in waves or with a wavelike motion. To have a wavelike appearance or form. Ripple