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What would be an antonym for endorsement? E.g.

His poor performance and results served as an (anti-endorsement) of his technical method.

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    Indictment.
    – Dan Bron
    Apr 13, 2015 at 19:22
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    Or condemnation.
    – Hellion
    Apr 13, 2015 at 19:43
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    ... repudiation [AHDEL] Apr 13, 2015 at 19:44
  • i'm inclined with condemnation as the first choice...
    – amphibient
    Apr 13, 2015 at 19:58
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    You could say that "His poor performance served as a contestation of his technical method" Apr 13, 2015 at 20:34

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disapproval, criticizing or criticism, reprehension. censure disparagement, depreciation, derogation

Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms: A Dictionary of Discriminated Synonyms with Antonyms and Analogous and Contrasted Words

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Denounce, or denouncement

Webster definition: “to pronounce especially publicly to be blameworthy or evil”

I was about to ask this same question and then the word cane to me.

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Nonendorsement springs to mind but I'm not sure if it would be considered an antonym. For example, if you endorse a particular candidate, then there is an automatic nonendorsement of the remaining candidates. This is not a disapproval, indictment or condemnation of the latter.

Having said that, this is not a good sentence:

His poor performance and results served as a nonendorsement of his technical method.

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It's a strange omission; endorsement doesn't have an accurate antonym as far as I can work out.

Endorsement has a very specific meaning of a formal statement of recommendation. It does not necessarily imply approval or even liking something. You can endorse something as being objectively good, while simultaneously saying that you personally hate it and find it useless.

There doesn't appear to be any equivalent word for a formal statement of negative recommendation.

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