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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.
expurgate - clean; remove offensive parts of a book
interjection - exclamation; Ex. ``Ouch''
codify - arrange (laws or rules) as a code; classify; N. code: system of words used instead of ordinary writing; collection of laws, rules, established social customs
interim - meantime; Ex. in the interim; ADJ. taking place during an interim; Ex. interim paper
impugn - dispute or contradict (often in an insulting way); attack as false or questionable; challenge; gainsay; CF. fight
appraise - estimate value of; N. appraisal
iconoclastic - attacking cherished traditions; N. iconoclast: one who attacks traditional ideas; one who destroys sacred images
gesticulation - motion; gesture; V. gesticulate: make gestures (while speaking)
piebald - of different colors; mottled; spotted in different colors (esp. in black and white); Ex. piebald horse; CF. pie+bald