VI. WORDS RELATING TO THE SENTIMENT AND MORAL POWERS

IV. MORAL AFFECTIONS

2. Moral sentiments

Detraction.

[Nouns] 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 [more].

[Verbs] detract, derogate, decry, depreciate, disparage; run down, cry down; backcap [U.S.]; belittle; sneer at (contemn) [more]; criticize, pull to pieces, pick a hole in one's coat, asperse, cast aspersions, blow upon, bespatter, blacken, vilify, vilipend; avile; give a dog a bad name, brand, malign; muckrake; backbite, libel, lampoon, traduce, slander, defame, calumniate, bear false witness against; speak ill of behind one's back.

fling dirt (disrespect) [more]; anathematize [more]; dip the pen in gall, view in a bad light.

[Adjectives] detracting; defamatory, detractory, derogatory; disparaging, libelous; scurrile, scurrilous; abusive; foul-spoken, foul-tongued, foul-mouthed; slanderous; calumnious, calumniatory; sarcastic, sardonic; satirical, cynical.

[Phrases] "damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer; and without sneering, teach the rest to sneer" [Pope]; another lie nailed to the counter; "cut men's throats with whisperings" [B. Jonson]; "foul whisperings are abroad" [Macbeth]; "soft-buzzing slander" [Thomson]; "virtue itself 'scapes not calumnious strokes" [Hamlet].

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