Denigrate definition

dĕnĭ-grāt
To attack the character or reputation of; speak ill of; defame.
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(archaic) To blacken.
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To denigrate is to belittle or attack someone's reputation.

When you mock someone and make fun of him, this is an example of how you denigrate him.

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To disparage; belittle.

The movie critics denigrated the director's latest film.

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(rare) To blacken.
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To disparage the character or reputation of; defame.
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Origin of denigrate

  • Latin dēnigrāre dēnigrāt- to blacken, defame dē- de- niger nigr- black nekw-t- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin dēnigrātus, the past participle of dēnigrāre (“to blacken”), from + nigrare 'to blacken (from niger (“black”))

    From Wiktionary