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pejorative - (of a word or phrase) suggesting that someone is of little value; negative in connotation; having a belittling effect; Ex. Many women now considers ``housewife'' a pejorative expression, because it patronized them.
vacillate - waver (in opinion); fluctuate; sway to and fro; N. vacillation
pious - devout; religious; N. piety
confidant - (confidante) trusted friend (to whom one tells one's secret)
malaise - uneasiness; vague feeling of ill health (without any particular pain or appearance of disease)
dogged - determined; stubborn; stubbornly persevering; tenacious; Ex. Inspector Javert's dogged pursuit of Jean Valjean
martinet - strict disciplinarian; person who demands total obedience to rules and orders; CF. Jean Martinet
mutinous - unruly; rebellious; Ex. mutinous teenagers; N. mutiny: open rebellion; CF. mutineer
piquant - pleasantly tart-tasting; spicy; pleasantly stimulating; Ex. piquant situation when my old enemy asked for my help
immure - imprison; shut up in confinement; CF. wall