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Accost

(verb) to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way
Synonyms: approach
Antonyms: evade

2

Animadversion

(noun) a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
Synonyms: rebuke
Antonyms: praise

3

Avid

(adjective) desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager
Synonyms: keen
Antonyms: reluctant

4

Brackish

(adj) having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
Synonyms: saline
Antonyms: fresh

5

Celerity

(noun) swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
Synonyms: promptness
Antonyms: slowness

6

Devious

(adjective) straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
Synonym: indirect
Antonyms: direct

7

Gambit

(noun) 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
Synonyms: ploy

8

Halcyon

(noun) a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; (adj) of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent
Synonyms: tranquil
Antonyms: turbulent

9

Histrionic

(adj) pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic
Synonyms: affected
Antonyms: low-keyed

10

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
Synonyms: inflammatory
Antonyms: soothing

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Maelstrom

(noun) a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
Synonyms: vortex

12

Myopic

(adjective) nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
Synonyms: shortsighted

13

Overt

(adjective) open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
Synonyms: clear
Antonyms: secret

14

Pejorative

(adjective) tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory belittling.
Antonyms: complimentary

15

Propriety

(noun) the state of being proper, appropriateness; standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
Synonyms: fitness
Antonyms: unseemliness

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Sacrilege

(noun) improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
Synonym: desecration

17

Summarily

(adverb) without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
Synonyms: promptly

18

Suppliant

(adjective) asking humbly and earnestly; (n) one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor

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Talisman

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

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Undulate

(verb) to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form.
Synonyms: ripple