Words about “verbal attacks”

May 22, 2006

These verbs, nouns, and adjectives all relate to the concept of "verbal attack." Familiarize yourself with these words and their definitions so that you will be able to recognize them and remember their negative connotations when you approach the sentence completion and reading comprehension sections of the college entrance examinations.

asperse (verb) – to attack with evil reports or false or injurious charges [noun form: aspersion]

billingsgate (noun) – coarsely abusive language

calumniate (verb) – to utter maliciously false statements, charges, or imputations about [noun form: calumny]

censure (verb) – to find fault with and criticize as blameworthy [noun form: censure; adjective form: censorious]

denounce (verb) – to pronounce, especially publicly, to be blameworthy or evil [noun form: denunciation]

derision (noun) – the use of ridicule or scorn to show contempt

diatribe (noun) – bitter and abusive speech or writing

invective (noun) – 1. an abusive expression or speech 2. insulting or abusive language [adjective form: invective]

lambaste (verb) – 1. to attack verbally 2. to assault violently

malign (verb) – to utter injuriously misleading or false reports about

obloquy (noun) – 1. abusive language 2. bad repute as a result of being discredited

philipic (noun) – a discourse full of bitter condemnation

reprehend (verb) – to voice disapproval of [noun form: reprehension]

scurrilous (adjective) – containing obscenities, abuse, or slander

tirade (noun) – a protracted speech marked by harshly censorious language

vilify (verb) – to utter slanderous and abusive statements against

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  1. 腕時計 ハミルトン


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