To denigrate is to belittle or attack someone's reputation.verb
When you mock someone and make fun of him, this is an example of how you denigrate him.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
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transitive verb den·i·grat·ed, den·i·grat·ing, den·i·grates
- To attack the character or reputation of; speak ill of; defame.
- To disparage; belittle: The critics have denigrated our efforts.
Origin: Latin dēnigrāre, dēnigrāt-, to blacken, defame : dē-, de- + niger, nigr-, black; see nekw-t- in Indo-European roots.
- denˌi·graˈtion noun
- denˈi·graˌtor noun