disparage

If you haven't got anything nice to say, then it's time to disparage someone. It means to belittle or degrade a person or idea.

Disparage is a specific way to describe a certain kind of insult, the kind that secures the insulter's place as superior. It often refers to an opinion or criticism lobbed in print or via word of mouth, not necessarily an act done to someone's face. If someone or something is being disparaged, you will often find a competing interest in the wings.

Definitions of disparage
  1. verb
    express a negative opinion of
    “She disparaged her student's efforts”
    synonyms: belittle, pick at
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    Antonyms:
    blandish, flatter
    praise somewhat dishonestly
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    pan, tear apart, trash
    express a totally negative opinion of
    discredit, disgrace
    damage the reputation of
    deprecate, depreciate, vilipend
    belittle
    belittle, denigrate, derogate, minimize
    cause to seem less serious; play down
    deflate, puncture
    reduce or lessen the size or importance of
    talk down
    belittle through talk
    type of:
    criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
    find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
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