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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.
appease - pacify or soothe; Ex. appease a crying baby; N. appeasement
dirge - funeral song; slow mournful piece of music (sung over a dead person)
strident - loud and harsh; insistent; N. stridency
unanimity - complete agreement; ADJ. unanimous
mincing - affectedly dainty(delicate); V. mince: cut (esp. meat) into very small pieces; walk with exaggerated primness; walk in an unnatural way, taking little short steps; Ex. The actor minced across the stage; CF. mincemeat; CF. mincer
castigation - punishment; severe criticism or disapproval
prerogative - privilege; unquestionable right; CF. ask before
travesty - copy or example of something that completely misrepresents the true nature of the real thing; comical parody or imitation; treatment aimed at making something appear ridiculous; Ex. travesty of justice; OP. paragon
enamored - in love; Ex. enamored of his own beauty; V. enamor: inspire with love