ETYM Old Eng. diffamacioun, French diffamation. Related to Defame.
A malicious attack; SYN. calumny, obloquy, traducement, hatchet job.
Injury to character; calumny.
In law, an attack on a person's reputation by libel or slander.
ETYM Latin insultus, from insilire to leap upon: cf. French insulte. Related to Insult.
A deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of an affront; SYN. affront.
mock / mɑːk /
1. An act of ridicule or derision; jeer
2. One that is an object of derision or scorn
4. An act of imitation; something made as an imitation
scoff / skɒf /
1. An expression of scorn, derision, or contempt; gibe
2. An object of scorn, mockery, or derision
scorn / skɔːrn /
ETYM Old Eng. scorn, scarn, scharn, Old Fren. escarn, escharn, eschar, of German origin; cf. Old High Germ. skern mockery, skernôn to mock; but cf. also Old Fren. escorner to mock.
To deride; to treat with mockery, contempt, and scorn; to despise.
ETYM Old Eng. shame, schame, as. scamu, sceamu.
1. A painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt.
2. A state of dishonor; SYN. disgrace, ignominy.
Emotion or feeling of embarrassment or humiliation when previously concealed shortcomings become known either to oneself or to others. Shame involves one's fundamental sense of self, and the capacity for shame is part of almost everyone's makeup. It is believed to have its origins in early psychosexual development, emerging in the second or third year of life when a child's sense of self is developing.
Shame can become pathological, to the extent that every little rebuke or admission of failure results in distress. It is often a cause of irrational outbursts of rage and probably an important factor in family violence.