Removal of onus.

Primary Base onempur*

Child Elements  

onempur* act m itg Vindication, exoneration, exculpation, disculpation; acquittal.


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Moral Sentiments


Flattery, adulation, gloze; blandishment, blandiloquence; cajolery; fawning, wheedling; captation, coquetry, obsequiousness, sycophancy, flunkeyism, toadeating, tuft-hunting; snobbishness.
Incense, honeyed words, flummery; bunkum, buncombe; blarney, placebo, butter; soft soap, soft sawder; rose water.
Euphemism; unctuousness.

Flatterer (generative)
Adulator; eulogist, euphemist; optimist, encomiast, laudator, whitewasher.
toady, toadeater; sycophant, courtier; flaneur, proneur; puffer, touter, claqueur; clawback, earwig, doer of dirty work; parasite, hanger-on (servility) [more].

Sycophant Person who uses flattery to win favor from individuals wielding influence.


Detraction, disparagement, depreciation, vilification, obloquy, scurrility, scandal, defamation, aspersion, traducement, slander, calumny, obtrectation, evil-speaking, backbiting, scandalum magnatum.
Personality, libel, lampoon, skit, pasquinade; chronique scandaleuse; roor-back [U.S.].
Sarcasm, cynicism; criticism (disapprobation) [more]; invective [more]; envenomed tongue; spretae injuria formae.

Detractor (generative)
Detractor, reprover; censor, censurer; cynic, critic, caviler, carper, word-catcher, frondeur; barracker.
Defamer, backbiter, slanderer, lampooner, satirist, traducer, libeler, caluminiator; reviler, vituperator, castigator; shrew [more]; muckraker.


Charge of wrongdoing; imputation of guilt or blame.

Accusation, charge, imputation, slur, inculpation, exprobration, delation; crimination; incrimination, accrimination, recrimination; tu quoque argument; invective.
Denunciation, denouncement; libel, challenge, citation, arraignment; impeachment, appeachment; indictment, bill of indictment, true bill; lawsuit; condemnation.
Gravamen of a charge, head and front of one's offending, argumentum ad hominem; scandal (detraction).
Accuser (agent), prosecutor, plaintiff; relator, informer; appellant.
Accused (patient), defendant, prisoner, panel, respondent; litigant.


Vindication, justification, warant; exoneration, exculpation; acquittal [more]; whitewashing.
Extenuation; palliation, palliative; softening, mitigation.
Reply, defense; recrimination [more].
Apology, gloss, varnish; plea [more]; salvo; excuse, extenuating circumstances; allowance, allowance to be made; locus paenitentiae.
Apologist, vindicator, justifier; defendant [more].
Justifiable charge, true bill.
Justify, warrant; be an excuse for; lend a color, furnish a handle; vindicate; exculpate, disculpate; acquit [more]; clear, set right, exonerate, whitewash; clear the skirts of.
Extenuate, palliate, excuse, soften, apologize, varnish, slur, gloze; put a gloss, put a good face upon; mince; gloss over, bolster up, help a lame dog over a stile.
Advocate, defend, plead one's cause; stand up for, stick up for, speak up for; contend for, speak for; bear out, keep in countenance, support; plead, [more]; say in defense; plead ignorance; confess and avoid, propugn, put in a good word for.