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Accost (v). To approach and speak to firs; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way Syn : buttonhole, approach, confront Ant: evade, avoid, shun **approach at ‘any cost’. Animadversion (n). A comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval Syn : rebuke, reproof

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accost v

Accost (v)

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

Syn: buttonhole, approach, confront

Ant: evade, avoid, shun

**approach at ‘any cost’

animadversion n
Animadversion (n)

A comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval

Syn: rebuke, reproof

Ant: praise, compliment

** ‘any mad version’ of a speech would be a critical remark

avid adj
Avid (adj)

Desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager

Syn: keen, enthusiastic, grasping

Ant: reluctant, indifferent, unenthusiastic

brackish adj
Brackish (adj)

Having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink

Syn: briny, saline

Ant: fresh, clear, sweet

celerity n
Celerity (n)

Swiftness, rapidity or motion or action

Syn: promptness, alacrity, speed

Ant: slowness, sluggishness ***accelerate

devious adj
Devious (adj)

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

Syn: roundabout, indirect, tricky, sly, artful

Ant: direct, straightforward, open


gambit n
Gambit (n)

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

Syn: ploy, stratagem, ruse, maneuver

** ‘gamble a bit’ to win!

halcyon n adj
Halcyon (n)(adj)

A legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; (adj)or or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent

Syn: (adj)tranquil, serene, placid, palmy

Ant: (adj)turbulent, chaotic, tumultuous

histrionic adj
Histrionic (adj)

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

Syn: affected, stagy

Ant: low-keyed, muted, subdued

***historical plays/movies with histrionic actors

incendiary adj
Incendiary (adj)

Deliberately setting or causing fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion

(n) arsonist; one who causes strife

Syn: (adj)inflammatory (n) firebrand

Ant: (adj)soothing, quieting (n) peacemaker

**one who is ‘incensed’ is fired up!

maelstrom n
Maelstrom (n)

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

Syn: vortex, chaos, turbulence, tumult

** mal (bad) strom (storm) – bad storm

myopic adj
Myopic (adj)

Nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight

Syn: shortsightedness

Ant: farsightedness

** opic – optic (eyes)

overt adj
Overt (adj)

Open, not hidden, expressed or revealed ina way that is easily recognized

Syn: clear, obvious, manifest, patent

Ant: secret, clandestine, covert, concealed

**opposite of ‘covert’ or hidden

pejorative adj
Pejorative (adj)

Tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, belittling

Ant: complimentary, ameliorative

propriety n
Propriety (n)

The state of being proper, appropriateness; (pl) standards of what is proper or socially acceptable

Syn: fitness, correctness, decorum

Ant: unseemliness, inappropriateness

** appropriate

sacrilege n
Sacrilege (n)

Improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred

Syn: desecration, profanation, defilement

summarily adv
Summarily (adv)

Without delay or formality; briefly, concisely

Syn:promptly, peremptorily

** a summary is brief/concise

suppliant adj n
Suppliant (adj)(n)

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

** please “supply me what I want”

talisman n
Talisman (n)

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

undulate v
Undulate (v)

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

Syn: ripple, fluctuate, rise and fall

** modulate