1. defame, denigrate, vituperate, vilipend, scandalize, run down; berate, impugn, revile, blackguard, malign, gibbet, criticize, pull to pieces, Sl. do a hatchet job on, give a bad name, speak ill of, speak evil of, sneer at, ridicule, contemn, despise, scorn, spurn, muckrake; denounce, fulminate, rail, curse, execrate, damn, imprecate, Obs. exprobrate, anathematize, censure, cry down, reproach.
2. shame, disgrace, dishonor, debase, vitiate, degrade, discredit; belittle, detract, decry, deprecate, disparage, deflate, depreciate, devaluate, derogate; humiliate, humble, mortify, Sl. put down.
3. slander, libel, calumniate, traduce, falsify, accuse falsely, misrepresent, belie, asperse, impute, insinuate; injure, abuse, stab, assail, insult, Sl. badmouth, backbite, engage in personalities; slur, sully, defile, smear, smirch, besmirch, soil, blacken, stain, tarnish, taint, smudge, blemish, spot, brand, stigmatize, drag through the mud or mire, heap dirt upon, fling dirt, throw mud on, Sl. dump on or all over.

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