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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.
institutionalize - make into an institution; put or confine in an institution
abnegation - renunciation; self-sacrifice; self-abnegation
gazette - official periodical publication; newspaper
alleviate - relieve (pain)
paucity - scarcity; dearth
ordination - ceremony conferring holy orders; ceremony of ordaining a priest
fallow - (of land) plowed but not sowed (to improve the quality); uncultivated
eerie - weird; causing fear because strange
decrepitude - state of collapse or weakness caused by illness or old age