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#934. Detraction. -- N. detraction

  • disparagement
  • depreciation
  • vilification
  • obloquy
  • scurrility
  • scandal
  • defamation
  • aspersion
  • traducement
  • slander
  • calumny
  • evil-speaking
  • backbiting
  • scandalum magnatum[Lat]
  • personality
  • libel
  • lampoon
  • skit
  • pasquinade
  • chronique
  • roorback [U.S.]
  • sarcasm
  • cynicism
  • criticism (disapprobation)
  • invective
  • envenomed tongue
  • spretae injuria formae[Lat]
  • personality
  • libel
  • lampoon
  • skit
  • pasquinade
  • chronique
  • roorback [U.S.]
  • detractor
  • V. detract
  • derogate
  • decry
  • deprecate
  • depreciate
  • disparage
  • run
  • down
  • cry down
  • belittle
  • sneer at
  • criticize
  • pull to pieces
  • pick a hole in one's coat
  • asperse
  • cast
  • aspersions
  • blow upon
  • bespatter
  • blacken
  • vilify
  • avile|;
  • give a dog a bad name
  • brand
  • malign
  • muckrake
  • backbite
  • libel
  • lampoon
  • traduce
  • slander
  • defame
  • calumniate
  • bear false witness against
  • speak ill
  • of behind one's back
  • fling dirt
  • anathematize
  • dip the pen in
  • gall
  • view in a bad light
  • impugn[disparage the motives of]
  • assail
  • attack
  • oppose
  • 70
  • denounce
  • accuse
  • Adj. detracting
  • defamatory
  • derogatory
  • deprecatory
  • catty
  • disparaging
  • libelous
  • scurrile
  • scurrilous
  • abusive;
  • foul-spoken
  • foul-tongued
  • foul-mouthed
  • slanderous
  • calumnious
  • sarcastic
  • sardonic
  • sarcastic
  • satirical
  • cynical
  • critical
  • Phr. "damn with faint praise
  • assent with civil leer
  • and without
  • sneering
  • teach the rest to sneer" [Pope]
  • another lie nailed to the
  • counter
  • "cut men's throats with whisperings" [B. Jonson]
  • "foul
  • whisperings are abroad" "soft-buzzing slander" [Macbeth][Thomson]
  • "virtue
  • itself 'scapes not calumnious strokes" [Hamlet]

#935. Flatterer. -- N. flatterer

  • adulator
  • eulogist
  • euphemist;
  • optimist
  • encomiast
  • laudator[Lat]
  • whitewasher
  • toady
  • sycophant
  • courtier
  • Sir Pertinax
  • MacSycophant
  • puffer
  • earwig
  • doer of dirty work
  • parasite
  • hanger-on
  • (servility) 886
  • yes-man
  • suckup
  • ass-kisser [vulgar]
  • brown-noser [vulgar]
  • teacher's
  • pet
  • Phr. pessimum genus inimicorum laudantes [Lat][Tacitus]

#936. Detractor. -- N. detractor

  • reprover
  • censor
  • censurer
  • cynic
  • critic
  • caviler
  • carper
  • word-catcher
  • frondeur
  • defamer
  • backbiter
  • slanderer
  • Sir Benjamin Backbite
  • lampooner
  • satirist
  • traducer
  • libeler
  • calumniator
  • Zoilus
  • good-natured friend [satirically]
  • reviler
  • vituperator
  • castigator
  • shrew
  • muckraker
  • disapprover
  • laudator temporis acti [Lat][Horace]
  • Adj. black-mouthed
  • abusive
  • <-- vindication and advocacy together?? -->

#937. Vindication. -- N. vindication

  • justification
  • warrant;
  • exoneration
  • exculpation
  • acquittal
  • whitewashing
  • extenuation
  • palliation
  • palliative
  • softening
  • mitigation
  • reply
  • defense
  • recrimination
  • apology
  • gloss
  • varnish
  • plea
  • salvo
  • excuse
  • extenuating
  • circumstances
  • allowance
  • allowance to be made
  • locus paenitentiae[Lat]
  • apologist
  • vindicator
  • justifier
  • defendant
  • justifiable charge
  • true bill
  • v. justify
  • warrant
  • be an excuse
  • lend a color
  • furnish a
  • handle
  • vindicate
  • exculpate
  • acquit
  • clear
  • set
  • right
  • exonerate
  • whitewash
  • clear the skirts of
  • extenuate
  • palliate
  • excuse
  • soften
  • apologize
  • varnish
  • slur
  • gloze;
  • put a gloss
  • put a good face upon
  • mince
  • gloss over
  • bolster up
  • help a
  • lame dog over a stile
  • advocate
  • defend
  • plead one's cause
  • stand up for
  • stick up for
  • speak
  • up for
  • contend for
  • speak for
  • bear out
  • keep in countenance
  • support;
  • plead
  • 6
  • say in defense
  • plead ignorance
  • confess and avoid
  • put in a good word for
  • take the will for the deed
  • make allowance for
  • give credit for
  • do
  • justice to
  • give one his due
  • give the Devil his due
  • make good
  • prove the truth of
  • prove one's case
  • be justified by the
  • event
  • Adj. vindicated
  • vindicating
  • exculpatory
  • apologetic
  • excusable
  • defensible
  • pardonable
  • venial
  • specious
  • plausible
  • justifiable
  • Phr. "honi sot qui mal y pense"
  • "good wine needs no bush."

#938. Accusation. -- N. accusation

  • charge
  • imputation
  • slur
  • inculpation
  • delation
  • crimination
  • incrimination
  • recrimination
  • tu quoque argument[Lat]
  • invective
  • 932
  • denunciation
  • denouncement
  • libel
  • challenge
  • citation
  • arraignment;
  • impeachment
  • indictment
  • bill of indictment
  • true bill;
  • lawsuit
  • condemnation
  • gravamen of a charge
  • head and front of one's offending
  • argumentum ad
  • hominem[Lat]
  • scandal
  • scandalum magnatum[Lat]
  • accuser
  • prosecutor
  • plaintiff
  • relator
  • informer
  • appellant
  • accused
  • defendant
  • prisoner
  • perpetrator
  • panel
  • respondent;
  • litigant
  • V. accuse
  • charge
  • tax
  • impute
  • twit
  • taunt with
  • reproach
  • brand with reproach
  • stigmatize
  • slur
  • cast a stone at
  • cast a slur
  • on
  • incriminate
  • criminate
  • inculpate
  • implicate
  • call to account
  • (censure)
  • take to blame
  • take to task
  • put in the black book
  • inform against
  • indict
  • denounce
  • arraign
  • impeach
  • have up
  • show up
  • pull up
  • challenge
  • cite
  • lodge a complaint
  • prosecute
  • bring an action against
  • blow upon
  • charge with
  • saddle with
  • lay to one's door
  • lay charge
  • lay the blame
  • on
  • bring home to
  • cast in one's teeth
  • throw in one's teeth
  • cast the
  • first stone at
  • have a rod in pickle for
  • keep a rod in pickle for
  • have a crow to
  • pluck with
  • trump up a charge
  • Adj. accusing
  • accusatory
  • accusative
  • imputative
  • denunciatory;
  • recriminatory
  • accused
  • suspected
  • under suspicion
  • under a cloud
  • under
  • surveillance
  • in custody
  • in detention
  • in the lockup
  • in the watch house
  • in the house of detention
  • accusable
  • imputable
  • indefensible
  • inexcusable
  • unpardonable
  • unjustifiable
  • vicious
  • Int. look at home
  • tu quoque
  • Phr. "the breath of accusation kills an innocent name" [Shelley];
  • "thou can'st not say I did it" [Macbeth]
  • 3. MORAL CONDITIONS

#939. Probity. -- N. probity

  • integrity
  • rectitude
  • uprightness
  • honesty
  • faith
  • honor
  • good faith
  • bona fides[Lat];
  • purity
  • clean hands
  • fairness
  • fair play
  • justice
  • equity
  • impartiality
  • principle
  • even-handedness
  • grace
  • constancy
  • faithfulness
  • fidelity
  • loyalty
  • incorruption
  • incorruptibility
  • trustworthiness
  • truth
  • candor
  • singleness of heart
  • veracity
  • tender conscience
  • punctilio
  • delicacy
  • nicety
  • scrupulosity
  • scrupulousness
  • scruple
  • point
  • point of honor
  • punctuality
  • dignity
  • (repute)
  • respectability
  • respectableness
  • gentleman
  • man of honor
  • man of his word
  • fidus
  • galantuomo[It]
  • trump
  • brick
  • true Briton
  • white man * [U.S.]
  • court of honor
  • a fair field and no favor
  • argumentum ad
  • verecundiam[Lat]
  • V. be honorable
  • deal honorably
  • deal squarely
  • deal
  • impartially
  • deal fairly
  • speak the truth
  • draw a
  • straight furrow
  • tell the truth and shame the Devil
  • vitam impendere
  • vero[Lat]
  • show a proper spirit
  • make a point of
  • do one's duty
  • (virtue) 944
  • redeem one's pledge
  • keep one's promise
  • be as good as one's
  • promise
  • be as good as one's word
  • keep faith with
  • not fail
  • give and take
  • audire alteram partem[Lat]
  • give the Devil his due
  • put
  • the saddle on the right horse
  • redound to one's honor
  • Adj. upright
  • honest
  • honest as daylight
  • veracious
  • virtuous
  • honorable
  • fair
  • right
  • just
  • equitable
  • impartial
  • evenhanded
  • square
  • fair and aboveboard
  • open and aboveboard
  • white * [U.S.]
  • constant
  • constant as the northern star
  • faithful
  • loyal
  • staunch;
  • true
  • true blue
  • true to one's colors
  • true to the core
  • true as the needle
  • to the pole
  • "marble-constant" [Antony and Cleopatra]
  • true-hearted
  • trusty
  • trustworthy
  • as good as one's word
  • to be depended on
  • incorruptible
  • straightforward
  • frank
  • candid
  • open-hearted
  • conscientious
  • tender-conscienced
  • right-minded
  • high-principled
  • high-minded
  • scrupulous
  • religious
  • strict
  • nice
  • punctilious
  • correct
  • punctual
  • respectable
  • reputable
  • inviolable
  • inviolate
  • unbroken
  • unbetrayed;
  • unbought
  • innocent
  • pure
  • stainless
  • unstained
  • untarnished
  • unsullied
  • untainted
  • uncorrupt
  • uncorrupted
  • undefiled
  • integer vitae scelerisque purus
  • [Lat][Horace]
  • justus et tenax propositi [Lat][Horace]
  • chivalrous
  • jealous of honor
  • high-
  • spirited
  • unworldly
  • other-worldly
  • Adv. honorable
  • bona fide
  • on the square
  • in good faith
  • honor bright
  • foro conscientiae[Lat]
  • with clean hands
  • Phr. "a face untaught to feign" [Pope]
  • bene qui latuit bene vixit
  • [Lat][Ovid]
  • mens sibi conscia recti[Lat]
  • probitas laudatur et alget
  • fidelis ad urnam[Lat]
  • "his heart as far from fraud
  • as heaven from earth" [Two Gentlemen]
  • loyaute n'a
  • "what stronger breastplate than a heart untainted?" [Henry VI]
  • dishonesty
  • dishonor;
  • deviation from rectitude
  • disgrace
  • fraud
  • (deception) 5
  • lying
  • bad faith
  • Punic faith
  • mala fides[Lat]
  • Punica fides[Lat]
  • infidelity
  • faithlessness
  • Judas kiss
  • betrayal
  • breach of promise
  • breach of trust
  • breach of faith
  • prodition|
  • disloyalty
  • treason
  • high treason
  • apostasy
  • nonobservance
  • shabbiness
  • villainy
  • baseness
  • abjection
  • debasement
  • turpitude
  • moral turpitude
  • laxity
  • trimming
  • shuffling
  • perfidy
  • perfidiousness
  • treachery
  • double dealing;
  • unfairness
  • knavery
  • roguery
  • rascality
  • foul play
  • jobbing
  • jobbery
  • graft
  • bribery
  • venality
  • nepotism
  • corruption
  • job
  • shuffle
  • fishy transaction
  • barratry
  • sharp practice
  • heads I win tails you lose;
  • mouth honor
  • V. be dishonest
  • play false
  • break one's word
  • break one's
  • faith
  • break one's promise
  • jilt
  • betray
  • forswear
  • shuffle
  • live by one's wits
  • sail near the wind
  • disgrace oneself
  • dishonor oneself
  • demean oneself
  • derogate
  • stoop
  • grovel
  • sneak
  • lose caste
  • sell oneself
  • go over to the enemy
  • seal one's
  • infamy
  • Adj. dishonest
  • dishonorable
  • unconscientious
  • unscrupulous;
  • fraudulent
  • knavish
  • disgraceful
  • wicked
  • 945
  • false-hearted
  • disingenuous
  • unfair
  • one-sided
  • double
  • double-
  • hearted
  • double-tongued
  • double-faced
  • crooked
  • tortuous,insidious
  • Machiavelian
  • dark
  • slippery
  • fishy
  • perfidious
  • treacherous
  • perjured
  • infamous
  • arrant
  • foul
  • base
  • vile
  • ignominious
  • blackguard
  • contemptible
  • unrespectable
  • abject
  • mean
  • shabby
  • little
  • paltry
  • dirty
  • scurvy
  • scabby
  • sneaking
  • groveling
  • scrubby
  • rascally
  • pettifogging
  • beneath one
  • low-minded
  • base-minded
  • undignified
  • indign|
  • unbecoming
  • unbefitting;
  • derogatory
  • degrading
  • infra dignitatem [Latin: beneath one's dignity];
  • ungentlemanly
  • ungentlemanlike
  • unmanly
  • unhandsome
  • recreant
  • inglorious
  • corrupt
  • venal
  • debased
  • mongrel
  • faithless
  • of bad faith
  • false
  • unfaithful
  • disloyal
  • untrustworthy;
  • trustless
  • lost to shame
  • dead to honor
  • barratrous
  • Adv. dishonestly
  • mala fide[Lat]
  • like a thief in the night
  • by crooked paths
  • Phr. corruptissima respublica plurimae leges [Lat][Tacitus]

#941. Knave. -- N.

#942. Disinterestedness. -- N. disinterestedness

  • generosity;
  • liberality
  • liberalism
  • altruism
  • benevolence
  • elevation
  • loftiness
  • of purpose
  • exaltation
  • magnanimity
  • chivalry
  • chivalrous spirit
  • heroism
  • sublimity
  • self-denial
  • self-abnegation
  • self-sacrifice
  • self-immolation
  • self-
  • control
  • stoicism
  • devotion
  • martyrdom
  • suttee
  • labor of love
  • V. be disinterested
  • make a sacrifice
  • lay one's head on the
  • block
  • put oneself in the place of others
  • do as one would be done by
  • do
  • unto others as we would men should do unto us
  • Adj. disinterested
  • unselfish
  • self-denying
  • self-sacrificing
  • self-
  • devoted
  • generous
  • handsome
  • liberal
  • noble
  • broad-minded
  • noble-minded
  • high-minded;
  • princely
  • great
  • high
  • elevated
  • lofty
  • exalted
  • spirited
  • stoical
  • magnanimous
  • great-hearted
  • large-hearted
  • chivalrous
  • heroic
  • sublime
  • unbought
  • uncorrupted
  • Phr. non vobis solum[Lat]

#943. Selfishness. -- N. selfishness

  • self-love
  • self-
  • indulgence
  • self-worship
  • self-interest
  • egotism
  • egoism
  • amour
  • nepotism
  • worldliness
  • world wisdom
  • illiberality
  • meanness
  • time-pleaser
  • time-server
  • tuft-hunter
  • fortune-hunter
  • jobber
  • worldling
  • egotist
  • egoist
  • monopolist
  • nepotist
  • dog in the manger
  • charity that begins at home
  • canis in praesepi[Lat]
  • "foes to nobleness,"
  • temporizer
  • trimmer
  • V. be selfish
  • please oneself
  • indulge oneself
  • coddle
  • oneself
  • consult one's own wishes
  • consult one's own pleasure
  • look after
  • one's own interest
  • feather one's nest
  • take care of number one
  • have an
  • eye to the main chance
  • know on which side one's bread is buttered
  • give an
  • inch and take an ell
  • Adj. selfish
  • self-seeking
  • self-indulgent
  • self-interested
  • self-
  • centered
  • wrapped up in self
  • centered in self;
  • egotistic
  • egotistical
  • illiberal
  • mean
  • ungenerous
  • narrow-minded
  • mercenary
  • venal
  • covetous
  • unspiritual
  • earthly
  • earthly-minded
  • mundane
  • worldly
  • worldly-
  • minded
  • worldly-wise
  • interested
  • alieni appetens sui profusus[Lat]
  • Adv. ungenerously
  • to gain some private ends
  • from interested
  • motives
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