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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
to persuade someone that an idea or belief is mistaken
"He thought that all women liked children, but she soon _______ him of that idea"
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 _______"
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"
to bribe or otherwise induce someone to commit an unlawful act
"he was accused of trying to ______ witnesses"
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."
to avoid someone intentionally or to prevent them from taking part in a group
"the nerd was _______ from the popular group"
to make an unpleasant feeling less intense
"The government has tried to ______ the public's fears"
to complain to someone or about something
"I went to the boss to ______ against the new rules"
to draw conclusions from information that is given
"You can't really ______ a trend from such a small sample"
to persuade, attract or interest, sometimes in order to deceive
"The salesman ______ him into buying a car he didn't want"
to be able to accept an unpleasant idea or watch something unpleasant
"She found the violence in the film hard to _______"
to cut or tear something, especially flesh
"The man's face was severely _____ in the accident"
to conceal one's true motives, feelings, or beliefs
"She is an honest, sincere person with no need to ______"
to feel intense dislike or disgust for
"From an early age the brothers have _____ each other"
to persuade someone in authority to save someone else from punishment or to obtain forgiveness for this person
to make something less harmful, unpleasant or bad
"he wanted to _______ misery in the world"
to think carefully for a long period about something
"She ______ for weeks about whether or not to tell him"
to argue or elaborate in extreme detail; to attack or assault
"The bully ______ the small boy"
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"
to free someone from guilt, blame or responsibility for something
"The priest ______ him of all his sins"
to push a sharp object through something, especially the body of an animal or person
"The deer was _______ by a spear"