|Sycophant (SICK-uh-fant): noun -- one who flatters and is servile for selfish reasons, a parasite |
|When he became famous, the musician was disappointed that sycophants seemed to be everywhere.|
You can praise her for her success, but make sure you don't sound like a sycophant.
|Laudatory (LAH-duh-tory): adj. - deserving praise|
|That nonprofit has made created many laudatory services for people in need.|
The choir gave a laudatory performance last week.
|Eradicate (e-RA-di-kate): verb - to wide out completely|
|The tigers in this area were eradicated by hunting. They still live to the north of here, though.|
The tribe that lived on that island was eradicated by a hurricane.
|Vex (VEX): verb - to annoy, to irritate|
|She is easily vexed by people who are inconsiderate drivers.|
Our cat appeared to be vexed by our new puppy, though the puppy was not doing anything to it.
|Debunk (DEEbunk): verb - to reveal the lack of truth in something, to show that something is false|
|Scientific exploration debunked the myth that there are monsters in the sea. The monsters people used to believe in were whales, sharks and walruses.|
The reporter debunked the president's promise of tax reform. His article showed that the president never intended to reform the tax structure.