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

accost
syn: approach, buttonhole
ant: avoid, shun

1

a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval

animadversion
syn: rebuke, reproof
ant: praise, compliment

2

desirous of something to the point of greed, intensely eager

avid
syn: keen, enthusiastic,
ant: unenthusiastic, indifferent

3

having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink

brackish
syn: saline
ant: clear, sweet

4

swiftness, rapidity of motion or action

celerity
syn: promptness, speed
ant: slowness, sluggishness

5

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

devious
syn: roundabout, indirect
ant: direct, straightforward

6

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

gambit
syn: ploy, ruse

7

a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; of or relating to the halcyon, calm, peaceful, happy, golden; prosperous, affluent

halcyon
syn: tranquil, placid
ant: turbulent, tumultuous

8

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

histrionic
syn: stagy, affected
ant: muted, untheatrical

9

deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion; one who deliberately sets fires, arsonists, one who causes strife

incendiary
syn: firebrand, inflammatory
ant: soothing, quieting

10

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

maelstrom
syn: turbulence, tumult

11

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

myopic
syn: shortsighted
ant: farsighted

12

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

overt
syn: clear, obvious
ant: covert, concealed

13

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

pejorative
ant: complimentary, ameliorative

14

the state of being proper, appropriateness; standards of what is proper or socially acceptable

propriety
syn: fitness, correctness
ant: unseemliness, inappropriateness

15

improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred

sacrilege
syn: defilement, desecration

16

without delay or formality; briefly, concisely

summarily
syn: promptly, peremptorily

17

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

suppliant

18

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

talisman

19

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

undulate
syn: fluctuate, rise and fall