Grep for many arguments

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Grep command, to remove lines containing a specified word

How do I grep for more than one words in one grep command. For example:

cat file.txt | grep -v 'word1' | grep -v 'word2'

to be transformed into something like:

cat file.txt | grep -v 'word1|word2'

Best Answer

Use -E for extended regular expressions, then you can use

grep -v -E '(word1|word2)'

or, shorter:

grep -vE '(word1|word2)'