When you mock someone and make fun of him, this is an example of how you denigrate him.
transitive verb-·grat·ed, -·grat·ing
- Archaic to blacken
- to disparage the character or reputation of; defame
Origin of denigratefrom Classical Latin denigratus, past participle of denigrare, to blacken from de-, intensive + nigrare, to blacken from niger, black: see -ate
transitive verbden·i·grat·ed, den·i·grat·ing, den·i·grates
- To attack the character or reputation of; speak ill of; defame: “Speakers before the United States Chamber of Commerce rarely denigrate the businessman as an economic force” ( John Kenneth Galbraith )
- To disparage; belittle: The movie critics denigrated the director's latest film. See Synonyms at disparage.
Origin of denigrateLatin dēnigrāre dēnigrāt- to blacken, defame dē- de- niger nigr- black ; see nekw-t- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present denigrates, present participle denigrating, simple past and past participle denigrated)
From Latin dēnigrātus, the past participle of dēnigrāre (“to blacken”), from dē + nigrare 'to blacken (from niger (“black”))