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animadversion
critical remark; an unfavorable or censorious comment; the act of criticizing
apersion
damaging or degoratory remark or criticism; slandering remark
belittle
To regard or portray as less impressive or important than appearances indicate.
berate
to scold; to rebuke
calumny
A false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something.
captious
apt to notice and make much of trivial faults or defects
carping
petty fault-finding; fussy or petulant fault-finding
castigate
to criticize or reprimand severely
cavil
To find fault with unnecessarily; to use sham objections. To find fault with trivial and irritating objections.
censure
strong expression of disapproval; official reprimand; to criticize or reproach in a harsh or vehement manner
chastise
criticize severely; discipline, esp by corporal punishment (whip, flog, spank)
decry
to speak disparagingly of; denounce as faulty or worthless; express censure of
deprecate
to express earnest disapproval of; to urge reasons against (ALSO to DEPRECIATE OR BELITTLE)
deride
to laugh at with scorn or contempt
derogate
to disparage or belittle; to detract; as from authority, estimation, etc
diatribe
a bitter, sharply abusive denunciation, attack, or criticism. (tirade, harangue)
disparage
to depreciate; belittle. To bring reproach or discredit on; lower the estimation of
excoriate
to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally or to strip off or remove skin
fulmination
a violent denunciation or censure OR a violent explosion
gainsay
to deny, dispute, or contract; OR to speak or act against; oppose
harangue
a scolding or a long, intense verbal attack; a diatribe. OR a long, pompous speech or writing tediously hortatory (urging) or didactic in nature.
impugn
to challenge as false; cast doubt upon (attack, malign, criticize, censure)
invective
vehement or violent Denunciation, censure, or reproach. Insulting or abusive word or expression; vituperative, censoriously abusive
inveigh
to protest strongly or attack vehemently with words; rail against (harangue, revile)
lambaste
to beat or whip severely OR to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate
niggle
to criticize, especially constantly or repeatedly, in a petty way. OR to spend too much time and effort on inconsequential details OR to work ineffectively; trifle
obloquy
censure, blame, or abusive language aimed at a person or thing, especially by numerous persons or by the general public. OR discredit, disgrace, or bad repute resulting from public blame, abuse, or denunciation.
objurgate
to reproach or denounce vehemently; upbraid harshly; berate sharply
opprobrium
the disgrace or the reproach incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful; infamy. OR the cause or object of such disgrace or reproach
oppugn
to assail by criticism, argument, or action
pillory
to expose to public derision; ridicule
rebuke
to express harp, stern, disapproval of; reprove; reprimand. Syn: censure, upbraid, chide, admonish
remonstrate
to say in protest, objection, or disapproval (argue, object; expostulate-reason earnestly with someone against something that he plans to do.)
reprehend
to reprove or find fault with; censure; blame
reproach
to find fault with; blame; censure
reproof
act of reproving, censuring, or rebuking
reprove
to criticize or correct, especially gently
revile
to assail with contemptuous or opprobrious language
upbraid
to find fault with or reproach severely; censure
vilify
speak ill of; defame; slander (depreciate, disparage, calumniate, malign, asperse)
vituperate
to use or address with harsh or abusive language; revile
Sentences and defintions to help explain differences between decry,denigrate, deprecate, and degrogate. THIS CARD IS FOR DECRY
to express one’s vigorous disapproval of or denounce. (Decry all forms of discrimination.)
Sentences and defintions to help explain differences between decry,denigrate, deprecate, and degrogate. THIS CARD IS FOR DENIGRATE
to speak damagingly of; to criticize in derogative terms. (Denigrating his works as trifling and poorly executed.)
Sentences and defintions to help explain differences between decry,denigrate, deprecate, and degrogate. THIS CARD IS FOR DEPRECATE
implies the expression of earnest, thoughtful disapproval (Deprecate a plan because of possible environmental damage.)
Sentences and defintions to help explain differences between decry,denigrate, deprecate, and degrogate. THIS CARD IS FOR DEROGATE
to speak in such a way as to decrease the status, high quality, or good reputation of someone or something, making the person or object seem of less value.
(Fear of change makes them derogate every proposal put forth.)