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Week 27

1

disparage

to speak of in a slighting way or negatively; to belittle

Glen disparaged Wanda’s work as being careless and unoriginal.

2

pejorative

describing words or phrases that belittle or speak negatively of someone

Teachers should refrain from using such pejorative terms as numbskull when dealing with students who need encouragement.

3

plagiarism

the act of passing off the ideas of writing of another as one’s own.

The author was accused of plagiarism when an older manuscript was discovered that contained passages that she had used, word for word, in her own book.

4

vilify

to make vicious statements about

Chad issued a series of pamphlets that did nothing but vilify his opponent, but his cruel accusations were not enough to win him the election.

5

brusque

rudely abrupt

Mr. Weird was a brusque teacher who didn’t take time to talk to or listen to his students.

6

caustic

bitingly sarcastic or witty

He had a very caustic wit, and he seldom told a joke without offending someone.

7

fractious

quarrelsome; unruly

Leonard was a fractious child who disagreed with everything and refused to listen.

8

incorrigible

unable to be reformed

She is absolutely incorrigible; no matter how many times you punish her, she goes right ahead and misbehaves.