WordMeaningSynonyms
Nonplussedto render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely; disconcerted, taken aback; brought to a mental standstillPerplexed, bewildered, baffled, at a loss, stumped, flummoxed, stupefied
Eulogizedto praise highly; spoken in praise of the life and character of someoneExtol, laud, hail, commend
ExorcisedCast out as something evil expelled by prayer; to free (a person, place, etc.) of evil spirits or malignant influences.Expel, cast out , purge
EngrossedConsume all of one’s attention or time; absorbedAbsorbed, immersed, soaked up, engulfed, enwrapped, wrapped, rapt, hooked
Maundering1. Wander aimlessly

2. Talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice; grumbling, muttering incoherently

3. Speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly (muttering)

Mutter, ramble, blather (To talk foolishly)
Spawned1. To produce

2. To give birth to; give rise to: His sudden disappearance spawned many rumors.

Create, reproduce, bring forth
Actuated1. To incite or move to action; impel; motivate: actuated by selfish motives.

2. To put into action; start a process; turn on: to actuate a machine.

Spur, work up, rouse, move, prompted, propelled, incited, set off, sparked off
Pillories1. To expose to public derision, ridicule, or abuse: The candidate mercilessly pilloried his opponent.

2. Punish by putting in a pillory (A wooden instrument of punishment on a post with holes for the wrists and neck; offenders were locked in and so exposed to public scorn)

3. savage, blast, pillory, crucify

criticize harshly or violently; “The press savaged the new President”; “The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage”)

expose, exhibit, display, gibbet

punish, penalize, penalize,

knock, criticize, criticise, pick apart

Subjugate1. To bring under complete control or subjection; conquer; master.

2. To make submissive or subservient; enslave.

Repress, kick around, dominate, master, repress, quash, keep down, subdue, reduce
oppress, suppress, crush
AsseverateState categoricallyAssert, insist, take a firm stand
Deign1. To think fit or in accordance with one’s dignity; condescend: He would not deign to discuss the matter with us.

2. To condescend to give or grant: He deigned no reply.

condescend, descend
CountermandCancel officiallyRescind, revoke, repeal, revoke, annul, lift, countermand, overturn, rescind, vacate
Expropriate1. To take possession of, esp. for public use by the right of eminent domain, thus divesting the title of the private owner: The government expropriated the land for a recreation area.

2. To dispossess (a person) of ownership: The revolutionary government expropriated the landowners from their estates.

Preempt, confiscate, appropriate,

Take over, commandeer, requisition,

deprive, strip, divest

Disparage1. To speak of or treat slightingly; depreciate; belittle: Do not disparage good manners.

2. To bring reproach or discredit upon; lower the estimation of: Your behavior will disparage the whole family.

Degrade, denigrate, scorch, underrate, belittle, pick at
knock, criticize, criticise, pick apart
BerateTo scold; rebuke: He berated them in public.call on the carpet, take to task, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast
knock, criticize, criticise, pick apart
Inciteto stir, encourage, or urge on; stimulate or prompt to action: to incite a crowd to riot.Urge, spur, motivate, actuate, propel, prompt



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