debunk (dih BUNK) to expose the falseness of Many years ago, Galileo helped to debunk the myth that the world was flat.
deleterious(del uh TEER ee us) having a harmful effect; injurious Although it seems unlikely, taking too many vitamins can actually have a deleterious effect on your health.
disingenuous(dis in JEN yoo us) not straightforward; crafty Gelman was rather disingenuous; although he seemed to be simply asking about your health, he was really trying to figure out how many days you’d been absent.
disparate(DIS puh rut) fundamentally distinct or different All of the many disparate members of the alliance were unable to agree on many things.
fabricated(FAB ruh kait id) made; concocted in order to deceive Lars fabricated the story to make it seem as though he was honest and upright when, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth.
recalcitrant(ruh KAL sih trunt) defiant of authority; stubborn; not easily managed Kent was a recalcitrant student who wouldn’t do anything his teachers told him to do.
spurious(SPER ee us) not genuine; false The ad for White-O toothpaste made a spurious claim when it said it could whiten your teeth, clean your oven, and wash your car at the same time.
capricious(kuh PREE shus) impulsive and unpredictable My capricious purchase of the lime-green dress turned out to be a big mistake; I hated it upon closer inspection.