Denigrate Definition

denigrated, denigrates, denigrating
denigrated, denigrates, denigrating
To blacken.
Webster's New World
To disparage the character or reputation of; defame.
Webster's New World
To disparage; belittle.
The movie critics denigrated the director's latest film.
American Heritage

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

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