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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.
abridge - condense or shorten
fashion - give shape to; make; Ex. fashion the pot out of clay
animadversion - critical remark; V. animadvert: comment critically with disapproval
integrity - honesty; uprightness; wholeness; state of being whole and undivided; completeness
bastion - stronghold; something seen as a source of protection; Ex. the last bastion of male chauvinism
fringe - decorative edge of hanging threads; edge
crescendo - increase in the volume or intensity as in a musical passage; climax; CF. crescent
skinflint - miser; stingy person
collected - composed; calm; self-possessed