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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

Full Definition of denigrate

den·i·grat·edden·i·grat·ing

  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>

den·i·gra·tion play \ˌde-ni-ˈgrā-shən\ noun
den·i·gra·tive play \ˈde-ni-ˌgrā-tiv\ adjective
den·i·gra·tor play \-ˌgrā-tər\ noun
den·i·gra·to·ry play \ˈde-ni-grə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of denigrate

  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



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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