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Exculpate

to remove blame from someone

Vindicate

to prove that someone is not guilty or is free from blame, after other people blamed them

Vilify

to say or write unpleasant things about someone or something, in order to cause other people to have a bad opinion of them
"He was ______ by the press as a monster"

Demonize

to try to make someone or a group of people seem as if they are completely evil
"The Nazis used racist propaganda in an attempt to ______ the Jews"

Laud

to praise (a person for their achievements)

Excoriate

to state the opinion that a play, a book, a political action, etc. is very bad; criticize severely
"The President ______ the Western press for their biased views"

Deign

to do something unwillingly and in a way that shows that you think you are too important to do it
"she did not ______ to answer the maid's question"

Execrate

to feel or express great loathing for

Fulminate

to criticize severely
"All of the students _______ against the new principal"

Impute

to say that someone is responsible for something that has happened, or that something is the cause of something else
"They _______ the error to the lawyer who was handling her case"

Disabuse

to persuade someone that an idea or belief is mistaken
"He thought that all women liked children, but she soon _______ him of that idea"

Bowdlerize

to remove words or parts from a book, play or film that are considered to be unsuitable or offensive
"The version of the play that I saw had been dreadfully _______"

Hector

to talk and behave towards someone in a loud and unpleasantly forceful way, to talk to someone in a bullying way
"He had a pushy, ______ing manner"

Cauterize

to burn an injury to stop bleeding and prevent infection

Suborn

to bribe or otherwise induce someone to commit an unlawful act
"he was accused of trying to ______ witnesses"

Insufflate

to blow or breath on someone to symbolize spiritual influence

Genuflect

to bend one or both knees as a sign of respect to God, especially when entering or leaving a Catholic church
"People were ______ in front of the altar."

Deprecate

to express disapproval of

Ostracize

to avoid someone intentionally or to prevent them from taking part in a group
"the nerd was _______ from the popular group"

Titillate

to make someone excited, usually with sexually

Assuage

to make an unpleasant feeling less intense
"The government has tried to ______ the public's fears"

Remonstrate

to complain to someone or about something
"I went to the boss to ______ against the new rules"

Extrapolate

to draw conclusions from information that is given
"You can't really ______ a trend from such a small sample"

Conjoin

to combine

Beguile

to persuade, attract or interest, sometimes in order to deceive
"The salesman ______ him into buying a car he didn't want"

Castigate

to reprimand (someone) severely:
"he was ______ for not setting a good example"

Stomach

to be able to accept an unpleasant idea or watch something unpleasant
"She found the violence in the film hard to _______"

Extirpate

to remove or destroy something completely

Lacerate

to cut or tear something, especially flesh
"The man's face was severely _____ in the accident"

Dissemble

to conceal one's true motives, feelings, or beliefs
"She is an honest, sincere person with no need to ______"

Loathe

to feel intense dislike or disgust for
"From an early age the brothers have _____ each other"

Intercede

to persuade someone in authority to save someone else from punishment or to obtain forgiveness for this person

Mitigate

to make something less harmful, unpleasant or bad
"he wanted to _______ misery in the world"

Ruminate

to think carefully for a long period about something
"She ______ for weeks about whether or not to tell him"

Apprise

to inform or someone about something
"The President has been ______ of the situation."

Obviate

to remove a difficulty; to avoid, prevent
"The blinds _______ the need for curtains"

Countervail

to offset the effect of something by countering it with equal force

Belabor

to argue or elaborate in extreme detail; to attack or assault
"The bully ______ the small boy"

Contuse

to bruise
"His arm was ______ after the accident"

Foist

to force someone to have or experience something they do not want
"I try not to ______ my values on the children but it's hard"

Absolve

to free someone from guilt, blame or responsibility for something
"The priest ______ him of all his sins"

Impale

to push a sharp object through something, especially the body of an animal or person
"The deer was _______ by a spear"

Portend

to be a sign that something bad is likely to happen
"The number 13 _______ bad luck"

Aver

to state the truth of something strongly
"The lawyer _______ her client's innocence"

Exalt

to hold someone in high regard, think highly of

Presage

to be a sign or warning, to predict

Proselytize

to try to persuade someone to change their religious or political beliefs or their way of living to your own
"No amount of _______ will change their minds"

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