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.
Origin of denigrate
Synonyms for denigrate
1. See decry.
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Related Words for denigratingimpugn, disparage, defame, slander, vilify, besmirch, blister, knock, revile, traduce, scandalize, blacken, asperse, decry, roast, libel, calumniate, dis
Word Origin for denigrate
C16: from Latin dēnigrāre to make very black, defame, from nigrāre to blacken, from niger black
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