den·​i·​grat·​ing ˈde-ni-ˌgrā-tiŋ How to pronounce denigrating (audio)
: tending or serving to insult or belittle someone
a denigrating stereotype
Their comments are denigrating to women.
His nickname, Mack the Nice, captured the man, but some used the moniker in a denigrating way …Sidney Blumenthal
see also self-denigrating
denigratingly adverb
To the literati Mr. Michener is known, often denigratingly as a "best-seller writer"… Doris Grumbach

Examples of denigrating in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the woman just laughed at Lexie, very denigrating and flippant. Washington Post, 17 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of denigrating was in 1646

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“Denigrating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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