- (obsolete) Disparagement, the belittling of someone or something; slander. [16th-18th c.]
- 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):, I.2.5.i:
- For as anger, fear, sorrow, obtrectation, emulation, etc. […] cause grievous diseases in the body, so bodily diseases affect the soul by consent.