5. grovel, crawl, creep, slither, worm, wallow; lie prone, stoop, bow, crouch, slouch; cringe, cower, quake, shake, tremble; be servile, behave abjectly, lick [s.o.'s] feet or boots; (all of oneself) degrade, abase, prostrate. derogation, n. 1. discredit, disfavor, obloquy, loss of face; censure, reproach, invective, reflection, animadversion, disapproval, disapprobation, criticism, stricture; curse, denunciation, condemnation, execration, revilement, commination, fulmination, malediction; degradation, debasement, abasement, vitiation, reduction, lowering; shame, disgrace, dishonor; humiliation, humble pie, mortification.
2. defamation, denigration, vituperation, vilification, scandal, scandalization, scandalmongering, abuse, injury, attack, scurrility, running down, gibbeting, backbiting, SI. badmouth, SI. poormouth; slander, libel, calumny, calumniation, traducement, falsification, misrepresentation, false accusation, slur, imputation, aspersion, insinuation, innuendo, Inf. brickbat.
3. belittlement, disparagement, deprecation, deflation, detraction, Inf. talking down; depreciation, devaluation, diminution, decrease, abatement, attenuation, mitigation, bating, cheapening, lessening; minimization, dispraise, underestimation, extenuation, undervaluing, underrating, underreckoning, beggaring; lampoon, pasquinade, squib, caricature, satirization; sarcasm, ridicule, mockery, jeer, jibe, scoff, sneer; disdain, derision, contempt, scorn, contumely.
4. degeneration, deterioration, decline, retrogression, retrogradation, lapse, failure, disintegration; depravation, defilement, corruption, perversion.
5. servility, abjection, abjectedness, abjectness, prostration, self-abasement. derogatory, adj. 1. discrediting, disfavorable, unfavorable, disapproving, disapprobatory, disapprobative; censuring, reproachful, opprobrious, impeaching, slating, inveighing, reproving, recriminating, reprehensive, reprobative, reprobating.
2. belittling, disparaging, demeaning, deflating, derogative, derogating, detractory, detractive, detracting; depreciatory, depreciative, depreciating, devaluating, cheapening, lessening, decreasing, bating, diminishing, attenuating, mitigating; minimizing, underestimating, underrating, undervaluing, beggaring, extenuating, underreckoning, deemphasizing, underplaying, Inf. downplaying; humiliating, humbling, mortifying; lampooning, caricaturing, ridiculing, mocking, jeering, sneering, jibing; disdainful, derisive, derisory, deriding, snide, contemptuous, scornful; satirical, sarcastic, biting, caustic, vitriolic, acrimonious, scathing.
3. defamatory, denigrating, vituperative, vilifying, vilipenditory; slanderous, libelous, calumnious, calumniatory, traducent, false, untrue, maliciously false or untrue, misrepresentative, aspersive, imputative, insinuating; abusive, hurtful, scurrilous, injurious, contumelious, insulting, foulmouthed, backbiting.
descant, v. 1. sing, warble, croon, trill, peal.
2. comment on, discourse, relate; elaborate, expatiate, dilate, amplify, dissertate, expand, enlarge, spell out; harp on, dwell on, hammer away at, beat into the ground, insist, yammer; digress, deviate, wander, ramble, branch out, go off on a tangent; speechify, perorate, orate, harangue, rant, spiel, descend, v. 1. come down, go down, move down, climb down; drop, fall, subside, slope, gravitate, settle on, land on; decline, set; plummet, plunge, sink, dip, dive, submerge, founder, immerse; tumble, slump, topple, droop; trip, stumble, lurch, careen; hit the deck, take the long count.