|Excoriate||1. To denounce or berate severely; flay verbally: He was excoriated for his mistakes.|
2. To strip off or remove the skin from: Her palms were excoriated by the hard labor of shoveling.
|condemn, chasten, correct, castigate, doom, scorch, berate, reprobate, chastise, decry, chafe, objurgate|
get at, rile, nettle, fret, excoriate, decry fray, condemn, gall, rag, nark, chafe, get to, rub, gravel, take to task, upbraid
|Castigate||1. To criticize or reprimand severely.|
2. Punish in order to correct
|Admonish, flay, criticize, tongue-lash, bawl out, chasten, chastise, objurgate, reprimand, tick off|
|Revile||To assail with contemptuous or opprobrious language; address or speak of abusively.||Chide, assail, rake over the coals, lambaste, fulminate, vilify, rail, vituperate, revile, rail off, inveigh, rail in|
|Derogate||1. To detract, as from authority, estimation, etc. (usually fol. by from).|
2. To stray in character or conduct; degenerate (usually fol. by from).
3. To disparage or belittle.
|Insult, disparage, belittle, denigrate, besmirch, calumniate, smear, asperse|
|Inveigh||To protest strongly or attack vehemently with words; rail (usually fol. by against): to inveigh against isolationism.||Have at, rip into, scorch, reproach|
|Impugn||1. To challenge as false (another’s statements, motives, etc.); cast doubt upon.||Traduce gainsay (to speak or act against; oppose), come down on, accuse, point the finger at|
|Traduce||Speak unfavorably about||Malign, drag through the mud, bad mouth|
|Stigmatize||1. To set some mark of disgrace or infamy upon: The crime of the father stigmatized the whole family.|
2. To mark with a stigma or brand.
3. To produce stigmata, marks, spots, or the like, on.
|Mark, disgrace, defame|
|Asperse||1. To attack with false, malicious, and damaging charges or insinuations; slander.|
2. To sprinkle; bespatter (1. to soil by spattering; splash with water, dirt, etc/ 2. to slander or libel: a reputation bespattered by malicious gossip.)
|defame, slander, smirch, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch, maculate, taint, smear, smutch, calumniate, tarnish, denigrate, defile, stain, daub, defame, corrupt, belittle, derogate|
|Calumniate||to make false and malicious statements about; slander.||Blacken, backbite, blaspheme, libel, defame, slander, smirch, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch, maculate, taint, smear, smutch, calumniate, tarnish, denigrate, defile, stain, daub, defame, corrupt, belittle, derogate|
|Disparage||1. To speak of or treat slightingly; depreciate; belittle: Do not disparage good manners.|
2. To bring reproach or discredit upon; lower the estimation of: Your behavior will disparage the whole family.
|Run down, slam, belittle, denigrate, derogate, pour scorn on, laugh at|
|Malign||1. To speak harmful untruths about; speak evil of; slander; defame: to malign an honorable man.|
2. evil in effect; pernicious; baleful; injurious: The gloomy house had a malign influence upon her usually good mood. (Adjective meaning)
|evil, malefic, malevolent, malign, vicious, drag through the mud, traduce, malign, badmouth|
|Vituperate||To use or address with harsh or abusive language; revile.||Fulminate, vilify, rail, train, vituperate, revile|
|Vilify||To speak ill of; defame; slander.||Traduce, berate, bad mouth, berate, speak ill of, to pieces|