Comment Standards

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The Dictionary.com Comment Standards help ensure a positive experience for everyone participating in our comment sections. At the discretion of Dictionary.com, posts that violate the Comment Standards may not be published, or may be removed after publishing.

Relevance
All posts should be relevant to the article or thread on which they appear.

Obscenity
Do not submit obscene or otherwise offensive comments.

Trolling, Abuse and Threats
If you disagree with someone, be respectful. Do not troll, threaten, harass, defame, disparage, menace, stalk, or abuse any user, individual, or entity, or encourage anyone else to do so.

Hate Speech
Do not use language that is racist, sexist, or degrading to any religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or nationality, or is otherwise offensive.

Venting and Ranting
Do not rant about or vent personal opinions, or make inflammatory comments. Our comment sections are intended to be an environment where people may respectfully note their reactions or ask questions.

Advertising and Spam
Do not post or link to any advertisement or marketing messages, nor contact or attempt to contact any person posting in the comments. Do not spam the comment section.

Intellectual Property
Do not infringe, misappropriate, or otherwise violate any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary rights of any individual or entity.

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