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disparages

dɪˈsparɪdʒ

verb

regard or represent as being of little worth.

he never missed an opportunity to disparage his competitors

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disparaged

dɪˈsparɪdʒ

verb

regard or represent as being of little worth.

he never missed an opportunity to disparage his competitors

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disparage

dɪˈsparɪdʒ

verb

regard or represent as being of little worth.

he never missed an opportunity to disparage his competitors

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discriminating

dɪˈskrɪmɪneɪtɪŋ

adjective

having or showing refined taste or good judgement.

he became a discriminating collector and patron of the arts

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discerning

dɪˈsəːnɪŋ

adjective

having or showing good judgement.

the brasserie attracts discerning customers

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disapproves

dɪsəˈpruːv

verb

have or express an unfavourable opinion.

Bob strongly disapproved of drinking and driving

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disapproved

dɪsəˈpruːv

verb

have or express an unfavourable opinion.

Bob strongly disapproved of drinking and driving

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disapprove

dɪsəˈpruːv

verb

have or express an unfavourable opinion.

Bob strongly disapproved of drinking and driving

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direst

ˈdʌɪə

adjective

extremely serious or urgent.

misuse of drugs can have dire consequences

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direr

ˈdʌɪə

adjective

extremely serious or urgent.

misuse of drugs can have dire consequences

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dire

ˈdʌɪə

adjective

extremely serious or urgent.

misuse of drugs can have dire consequences

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determines

dɪˈtəːmɪn

verb

cause (something) to occur in a particular way or to have a particular nature.

it will be her mental attitude that determines her future

control,decide,regulate,direct,rule,dictate,govern,condition,form,shape,affect,have an effect on,influence,exert influence on,sway,act on,work on,mould,modify,alter,touch,have an impact on,impact on,prompt,impel,induce,lead,move,cause,motivate,stimulate,prod,spur on,provoke,incite,dispose,incline,persuade,encourage,urge,inspire,make,deciding,decisive,conclusive,final,settling,definitive,key,pivotal,crucial,critical,most influential,significant,major,chief,principal,prime,paramount

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determine

dɪˈtəːmɪn

verb

cause (something) to occur in a particular way or to have a particular nature.

it will be her mental attitude that determines her future

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derogatory

dɪˈrɒɡət(ə)ri

adjective

showing a critical or disrespectful attitude.

she tells me I’m fat and is always making derogatory remarks

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deprecatory

dɛprəˈkeɪtəri

adjective

expressing disapproval; disapproving.

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defamatory

dɪˈfamət(ə)ri

adjective

(of remarks, writing, etc.) damaging the good reputation of someone; slanderous or libellous.

a defamatory allegation

libellous,slanderous,defaming,calumnious,calumniatory,vilifying,traducing,scandalous,scandalmongering,malicious,vicious,backbiting,muckraking,abusive,maledictory,maledictive,disparaging,denigratory,detracting,derogatory,censorious,critical,insulting,slurring,injurious,mud-slinging,bitchy,catty,contumelious

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decisive

dɪˈsʌɪsɪv

adjective

settling an issue; producing a definite result.

the archers played a decisive part in the victory

deciding,conclusive,determining,final,settling,key,pivotal,critical,crucial,momentous,significant,influential,important,major,chief,principal,prime,paramount

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deciding

dɪˈsʌɪdɪŋ

adjective

serving to resolve or settle something.

taxes could be the deciding factor for millions of floating voters

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crucial

ˈkruːʃ(ə)l

adjective

decisive or critical, especially in the success or failure of something.

negotiations were at a crucial stage

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condemnatory

ˌkɒndəmˈneɪt(ə)ri

adjective

expressing strong disapproval; censorious.

condemnatory statements

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climactic

klʌɪˈmaktɪk

adjective

acting as a culmination or resolution to a series of events; forming an exciting climax.

the film’s climactic scenes

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carps

kɑːp

verb

complain or find fault continually about trivial matters.

I don’t want to carp about the way you did it

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carped

kɑːp

verb

complain or find fault continually about trivial matters.

I don’t want to carp about the way you did it

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captious

ˈkapʃəs

adjective

tending to find fault or raise petty objections.

a captious teacher

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analytical

/ˌænəˈlɪdɪk(ə)l/

adjective

Relating to or using analysis or logical reasoning.

analytical methods

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acutest

/əˈkjuːt/

adjective

(of an unpleasant or unwelcome situation or phenomenon) present or experienced to a severe or intense degree.

an acute housing shortage

severe,critical,drastic,dire,dreadful,terrible,awful,grave,bad,serious,profound

noun

short for acute accent

The word côte has no acute on the “e” at the end of the word while coté does.

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acutes

/əˈkjuːt/

adjective

(of an unpleasant or unwelcome situation or phenomenon) present or experienced to a severe or intense degree.

an acute housing shortage

severe,critical,drastic,dire,dreadful,terrible,awful,grave,bad,serious,profound

noun

short for acute accent

The word côte has no acute on the “e” at the end of the word while coté does.

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acute

/əˈkjut/

adjective

(of a bad, difficult, or unwelcome situation or phenomenon) present or experienced to a severe or intense degree.

an acute housing shortage

severe,critical,drastic,dire,dreadful,terrible,awful,grave,bad,serious,profound

noun

short for acute accent

The word côte has no acute on the “e” at the end of the word while coté does.

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accusatory

/əˈkjuzəˌtɔri/

adjective

Indicating or suggesting that one believes a person has done something wrong.

he pointed an accusatory finger in her direction

disapproving,reproving,full of reproof,critical,censorious,disparaging,disappointed,withering,accusatory,admonitory,condemnatory,castigatory,fault-finding

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