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deprecate

belittle; express strong disapproval of; deplore

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aggrandize

enhance the reputation of (someone) beyond what is justified by the facts.

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vilify

spread negative information about

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denigrate

charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; cause to seem less serious; play down

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pejorative

expressing disapproval

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flailing

waving wildly, beating

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reflexive

referring back to itself; without volition or conscious control; a personal pro compounded with

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aspersion

the act of sprinkling water in baptism (rare); an abusive attack on a person's character or good name; a disparaging remark

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proclivity

a natural inclination

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obfuscate

make obscure or unclear

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egregious

conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

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foist

impose an unwelcome or unnecessary person or thing on.

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apologist

a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution

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impugn

attack as false or wrong

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puffery

a flattering commendation (especially when used for promotional purposes)

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rapacious

excessively greedy and grasping; devouring or craving food in great quantities; living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey

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foment

bathe with warm water or medicated lotions; try to stir up public opinion

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meretricious

like or relating to a prostitute; based on pretense; deceptively pleasing; tastelessly showy

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intemperate

given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors; excessive in behavior;(of weather or climate) not mild; subject to extremes

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maladroit

not adroit

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vituperative

marked by harshly abusive criticism

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nostrum

patent medicine whose efficacy is questionable;hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists

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apostasy

the act of abandoning a party or cause; the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)