[ den-i-greyt ]
/ ˈdɛn ɪˌgreɪt /
verb (used with object), den·i·grat·ed, den·i·grat·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.
to make black; blacken: rain clouds denigrating the sky.
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Origin of denigrate
synonym study for denigrate
1. See decry.
OTHER WORDS FROM denigrate
den·i·gra·tion, nounden·i·gra·tive, adjectiveden·i·gra·tor, nounden·i·gra·to·ry [den-i-gruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈdɛn ɪ grəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
self-den·i·grat·ing, adjectiveself-den·i·gra·tion, noun
Words nearby denigrate
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British Dictionary definitions for denigrate
/ (ˈdɛnɪˌɡreɪt) /
(tr) to belittle or disparage the character of; defame
a rare word for blacken
Derived forms of denigratedenigration, noundenigrator, noun
Word Origin for denigrate
C16: from Latin dēnigrāre to make very black, defame, from nigrāre to blacken, from niger black
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