WordMeaningSynonyms
Excoriate1. 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

Castigate1. To criticize or reprimand severely.

2. Punish in order to correct

Admonish, flay, criticize, tongue-lash, bawl out, chasten, chastise, objurgate, reprimand, tick off
RevileTo 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
Derogate1. 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
InveighTo protest strongly or attack vehemently with words; rail (usually fol. by against): to inveigh against isolationism.Have at, rip into, scorch, reproach
Impugn1. 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
TraduceSpeak unfavorably aboutMalign, drag through the mud, bad mouth
Stigmatize1. 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
Asperse1. 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
Calumniateto 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
Disparage1. 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
Malign1. 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
VituperateTo use or address with harsh or abusive language; revile.Fulminate, vilify, rail, train, vituperate, revile
VilifyTo speak ill of; defame; slander.Traduce, berate, bad mouth, berate, speak ill of, to pieces



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