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denigrate

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verb, den·i·grate \ˈde-ni-ˌgrāt\

Simple Definition of denigrate

  • : to say very critical and often unfair things about (someone)

  • : to make (something) seem less important or valuable

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of denigrate

denigrateddenigrating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to attack the reputation of :  defame <denigrate one's opponents>

  3. 2 :  to deny the importance or validity of :  belittle <denigrate their achievements>

denigration play \ˌde-ni-ˈgrā-shən\ noun
denigrative play \ˈde-ni-ˌgrā-tiv\ adjective
denigrator play \-ˌgrā-tər\ noun
denigratory play \ˈde-ni-grə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of denigrate in a sentence

  1. Her story denigrates him as a person and as a teacher.

  2. No one is trying to denigrate the importance of a good education. We all know that it is crucial for success.

  3. denigrating the talents and achievements of women



Did You Know?

If you "denigrate" someone, you attempt to blacken their reputation. It makes sense, therefore, that "denigrate" can be traced back to the Latin verb denigrare, meaning "to blacken." When "denigrate" was first used in English in the 16th century, it meant to cast aspersions on someone's character or reputation. Eventually, it developed a second sense of "to make black" ("factory smoke denigrated the sky"), but this sense is somewhat rare in modern usage. Nowadays, of course, "denigrate" can also refer to belittling the worth or importance of someone or something.

Origin of denigrate

Latin denigratus, past participle of denigrare, from de- + nigrare to blacken, from nigr-, niger black


First Known Use: 1526

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