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Word of the Week: Reprobate, Narcissist, Misogynistic

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Word of the Week: Reprobate

How to say it: 

/ˈreprəˌbāt/

What it means: 

noun

1. a depraved, unprincipled, or wicked person: a drunken reprobate.

2. a person rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation.

adjective

3. morally depraved; unprincipled; bad.

4. rejected by God and beyond hope of salvation.

verb (used with object),rep·ro·bat·ed,rep·ro·bat·ing.

5. to disapprove, condemn, or censure.

6. (of God) to reject (a person), as for sin; exclude from the number of the elect or from salvation.

Examples of Reprobate in a Sentence

a program for rehabilitating hard-core reprobates and turning them into hard-working, law-abiding citizens

reprobate judge who could be bribed, and often with astonishing ease

Word of the Week: Narcissist

How to say it: 

nahr-suh-sist ]

What it means: 

noun

a person who is overly self-involved, and often vain and selfish.

Psychiatry. a person who has narcissistic personality disorder. 

Psychoanalysis. a person who experiences or exhibits narcissism, deriving erotic gratification from admiration of their own physical or mental attributes.

Examples of Narcissist in a Sentence

The former US attorney-general William Barr has denounced Donald Trump as an incorrigible narcissist, whose presidency “went off the rails” as he indulged baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen.

If there’s one idea that pervades Tina Fey’s humor, it’s that the fishbowl of society distorts us all into cartoons of ourselves, making us a nation of selfish, solipsistic narcissists who treat each other as stereotypes.

Word of the Week: Misogynistic

How to say it: 

  \ mə-ˌsä-jə-ˈni-stik  

What it means: 

adjective

1. reflecting or exhibiting hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women.

2. reflecting or exhibiting ingrained and institutionalized prejudice against women; sexist: misogynistic attitudes stemming from the highest corporate level.

Examples of Misogynistic in a Sentence

The truth is that we still live in a society that’s deeply sexist and misogynistic, on both an individual and a systemic level.

That scrutiny intensified in March, when a university task force released a report that called out the clubs for fostering a misogynistic culture that contributed to the problem of sexual assault.

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