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Roget category 934

6. Words relating to the sentient and moral
6.4. Moral affections
›› 6.4.2. Moral sentiments

#934. Detraction


detraction, disparagement, depreciation, vilification, obloquy, scurrility, scandal, defamation, aspersion, traducement, slander, calumny, obtrectation, evil-speaking, backbiting, scandalum magnatum [Lat.].
personality, libel, lampoon, skit, pasquinadechronique scandaleuse [Fr.]roorback [U.S.].
sarcasm, cynicismcriticism (disapprobation) 932invective etc. 932envenomed tonguespretae injuria formae [Lat.].
personality, libel, lampoon, skit, pasquinadechronique scandaleuse [Fr.]roorback [U.S.].
detractor etc. 936.


detract, derogate, decry, deprecate, depreciate, disparagerun down, cry downbackcap [U.S.]belittlesneer at etc. (contempt) 930criticize, pull to pieces, pick a hole in one's coat, asperse, cast aspersions, blow upon, bespatter, blacken, vilify, vilipendavilegive a dog a bad name, brand, malignmuckrakebackbite, libel, lampoon, traduce, slander, defame, calumniate, bear false witness againstspeak ill of behind one's back.
fling dirt etc. (disrespect) 929anathematize etc. 932dip the pen in gall, view in a bad light.
impugn (disparage the motives of); assail, attack etc. 716oppose etc. 708denounce, accuse etc. 938.


detracting etc. v. — defamatory, detractory, derogatory, deprecatorycattydisparaging, libelousscurrile, scurrilousabusivefoul-spoken, foul-tongued, foul-mouthedslanderouscalumnious, calumniatorysarcastic, sardonicsarcastic, satirical, cynical.
critical etc. 932.


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

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