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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Monday 2nd August 2021
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tendentious or tendencious (adjective) ten-DEN-shus

Trying to influence opinion; purposely biased - particularly towards a controversial view.

But his reflexive hostility to executive power adds nothing to the current debate, and his rendering of presidential history is incomplete at best and often tendentious.

Gary Rosen, The New York Times, 25 November 2007. New York Times

The informed consent provisions struck down in that case, as characterized by the majority, required the physician to advance tendentious statements concerning the unanswerable question of when human life begins, to offer merely speculative descriptions of the anatomical features of the fetus carried by the woman seeking the abortion, and to recite a "parade of horribles" suggesting that abortion is "a particularly dangerous procedure.

US Supreme Court, Thornburgh v. Amer. Coll. of Obstetricians, 476 U.S. 747 (1986), decided 11 June 1986. US Supreme Court

The Mail on Sunday was even more tendentious in an interview with Darby's spouse, Deborah.

"How can I tell my girls daddy is being sent to an American jail – even though there's not a scrap of evidence against him," screamed the Sunday paper's headline, ignoring a miniature mountain of compelling documents compiled by the FBI.

Andrew Clark, Guardian Unlimited, 30 November 2007. Guardian Unlimited

Barber described the article as "inaccurate, sloppy and tendentious" in an email and lambasted staff for not running it past a lawyer.

Caitlin Fitzsimmons, Guardian Unlimited, 16 November 2007. Guardian Unlimited

Slated as tendentious trash by some and accused by others of being anti-Semitic, the gory film of Christ's crucifixion from a hard-line Roman Catholic is none the less pulling in US Christians and breaking box-office records.

Lawrence Donegan, The Observer, 29 February 2004. The Observer

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