IV. MORAL AFFECTIONS
2. Moral sentiments
[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.].
[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.
[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].