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Dysphemism Examples

Dysphemisms are the opposite of euphemisms and are usually derogatory or unpleasant terms used in place of neutral ones.

apologist

a person who defends someone or something that's often criticized

bleeding-heart

socially-engaged, or wanting to help people or animals

bludger Australian English INFORMAL

a person receiving unemployment benefits or welfare payments

bureaucrat

a government official or civil servant

class warfare

class struggle, or efforts to have wealth and power shared more equally among different social classes

control freak INFORMAL

someone who wants to have total control

despotic

using violence and fear to stay in control or in power

dictator

an authoritarian leader who abuses political and human rights

do-gooder

a person who helps people or animals, like a charity worker or an animal rights activist

economic refugee

a dysphemism for "refugee" or "asylum seeker"

extremist

having radical or "extreme" views, esp. about politics

greenie INFORMAL

a person who campaigns for environmental causes

illegal immigrant

a dysphemism for undocumented immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers

insurgent

member of a movement to defeat or overthrow a government

liberal American English

a person who supports progressive causes like social equality and civil rights

loser

a person who hasn't made lots of money or had a professional career

McMansion INFORMAL

one of many oversized houses built close together and to similar designs

overthink

a dysphemism for thinking deeply about something

politicize

to claim that something has political meaning or social importance

populist

designed to appeal to many people (of policies, politicians, governments, etc.)

primitive

uncivilized (mostly used to describe non-Western people, culture and civilizations)

reactionary

very conservative and opposed to social reform

regime

a government, esp. an authoritarian or unfriendly one

slum

an area where poor people live close together

snail mail

mail sent by a postal service (as opposed to "email")

subversive

a person who tries to overthrow a government or political system

terrorist

someone who uses unauthorized violence and fear to achieve a political goal

warmist

a dysphemism for those who accept the reality of man-made global warming