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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.
oratorio - dramatic poem set to music; long musical work with singing but without acting; CF. cantata
paraphrase - restate a passage in one's own words while retaining thought of author; N: restatement of a text in other words
contagion - infection (by contact); ADJ. contagious; CF. infectious: that can be passed by infection in the air
extrude - force or push out; thrust out; shape (plastic or metal) by forcing through a die
patrimony - property inherited from a father
gossamer - sheer; very light; like cobwebs; N: soft and sheer fabric; cobweb
fidelity - loyalty; accuracy
reprehensible - deserving blame; blameworthy; V. reprehend: blame
shoddy - made of inferior material; sham; not genuine; inferior; dishonest; Ex. shoddy goods/trick