harsh criticism or disapproval
He dismissed their commissioners with severe and sharp
Animadvertere is a Latin verb meaning "to be critical."
a disparaging remark
“But we are not casting
aspersions on the votes that are being counted.”
Usually seen in the phrase "to cast
aspersions," it comes from the Latin
aspergere, "to spatter," as with mud.
charge falsely or with malicious intent
Chinese nationalists mounted a trolling campaign against her, claiming she was
besmirching Wuhan’s rosy-cheeked image.
Besmirch originally meant "to soil," "to make dirty," or "to stain" in a literal sense, but now it refers to damaging a person's reputation with false accusations.
a false accusation of an offense
The court claimed that these letters contained “rumor,
calumny and counter-revolutionary speech” and amounted to collecting intelligence “on behalf of imperialism.”
an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
Parliamentary privilege protects MPs from being sued for
defamation for speeches made in Parliament.
slander, both below,
defamation has a specific legal meaning, and you can sue someone for
defamation of character if they damage your reputation with false charges in a way that hurts your career or costs you money.
express a negative opinion of
She later issued a more formal apology reflecting on the implications of her words and her privilege as a white woman
disparaging two women of color in her industry.
Disparage is a more eloquent way of saying "put-down:" something meant to be hurtful, whether accurate or not.
pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not have
Along with triggering accusations of
hypocrisy, it risks prompting people to question why they should be following the rules, if those involved in imposing them are not.
If anyone has ever said "Do as I say, not as I do" to you, that person is a
a state of dishonor
There was of course no pride for the defeated German nation, only
ignominy and destruction.
Ignominia is Latin for "disgrace" or "dishonor." It contains the root
nomen, name, showing terrible damage to one's reputation.
abusive language used to express blame or censure
A Trumpian dystopia would be a Frankenstein monster constructed of the worst parts of previous administrations with plenty of ugly
invective and narcissistic preening thrown in for bad measure.
When language crosses from critical or even harsh into abusive, that's
a false and malicious publication
When Trump sued O’Brien for
libel in 2006, a suit dismissed in 2011, he “resisted releasing his tax returns and other financial records”.
Knowingly lying about someone in print is
libel. If you can prove that the person knew their accusations were false, you can win damages in civil court.
abusive, malicious, and condemnatory language
As a result, she became an unwilling media figure and victim who, long after her father’s conviction and imprisonment, was subjected to
obloquy and harassment.
Close in meaning to
obloquy connotes more harshness and less overt dishonesty.
criminal offense of making false statements under oath
In March the department’s police chief and three high ranking officers were indicted on
perjury charges related to allegations they ignored evidence that an officer from the department was consorting with a local drug dealer.
The Latin root
iur — we swapped in a J for the I — means "law."
judicious, and many other words from the legal world use it.
Perjury is a crime; if you lie under oath, you can do serious jail time.
words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
“That is precisely why we resolutely oppose all forms of hatred,
slander/propaganda and discrimination.”
libel is lying about someone in print,
slander is doing it out loud.
abusive or venomous language to express blame or censure
Whenever I raise the crucial issue of yield per hectare, I receive a barrage of
vituperation and abuse.
vituperative language is hostile and abusive.