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
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v express a negative opinion of

“She disparaged her student's efforts”
Synonyms:
belittle, pick at
Antonyms:
blandish, flatter
praise somewhat dishonestly
Types:
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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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