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denigrate

[ den-i-greyt ]
/ 藞d蓻n 瑟藢gre瑟t /
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verb (used with object), den路i路grat路ed, den路i路grat路ing.
to speak damagingly of; criticize in a derogatory manner; sully; defame: to denigrate someone's character.
to treat or represent as lacking in value or importance; belittle; disparage: to denigrate someone's contributions to a project.
Archaic. to make black; darken: rain clouds denigrating the sky.
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Origin of denigrate

First recorded in 1520鈥30; from Latin d膿nigr膩tus (past participle of d膿nigr膩re 鈥渢o blacken鈥), equivalent to d膿- de- + nigr(膩re) 鈥渢o make black鈥 + -膩tus -ate1

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1. See decry.

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British Dictionary definitions for denigrate

denigrate
/ (藞d蓻n瑟藢伞re瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to belittle or disparage the character of; defame
a rare word for blacken

Derived forms of denigrate

denigration, noundenigrator, noun

Word Origin for denigrate

C16: from Latin d膿nigr膩re to make very black, defame, from nigr膩re to blacken, from niger black
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