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censure (n)
official condemnation; harsh critcism
If You Can't Say Anything Nice...
The critic censured Carrie Underwood's new CD.
calumny (n)
slander; false accusation
If You Can't Say Anything Nice...
The gossip columnist wrote some calumny comments about Britney Spears.
diatribe (n)
malicious criticism or abuse
If You Can't Say Anything Nice...
dia
The parent wrote a letter to the principals that was full of diatribalbe comments.
caustic (adj)
corrosive; sarcastic
If You Can't Say Anything Nice...
The teenager always used caustic language around her younger siblings.
repudiate (v)
to cast off publicly
If You Can't Say Anything Nice...
The boy finally repudiated from living off of his parents.
derogatory (adj)
disparaging; belittling
If You Can't Say Anything Nice...
de-
The teacher made a derogatory comment about a fellow coulege.
admonish (v)
to reprimand mildly
If You Can't Say Anything Nice...
The parent admonished the child for picking his nose in public.
disparage (v)
to belittle; to demean
If You Can't Say Anything Nice...
The juniors were constantly disparaging the freshmen by making them dress in funny ways for upcoming games.
impugn (v)
to attack as untrue; to refuse by argument
If You Can't Say Anything Nice...
pugn
Most gossip magazines are filled with columnists impugning against celebrities.
malediction (n)
a curse
If You Can't Say Anything Nice...
dictus
The Boston Red Sox were under a malediction for years.
denigrate (v)
to attack theh character of; to disparage
If You Can't Say Anything Nice...
de-
The little rascals tried to denigrate the spirits of the little kids.
harangue (n)
a long, critical, and pompous speech
If You Can't Say Anything Nice...
The professor of our class delivered a harangue on the vitality and importance of coming to class.
pejorative (adj)
tending to make worse
If You Can't Say Anything Nice...
The worry wart in the story was constantly using pejorative language which did not do much to group moral.
slander (n)
comments that injure another's reputation
If You Can't Say Anything Nice...
The gossip magazine wrote of slander amongst the stars.