Synonyms Word Origin 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 1520–30;
(past participle of
to blacken), equivalent to
) to make black +
-ātus -ate 1 Related forms den·i·gra·tion, noun den·i·gra·tive, adjective den·i·gra·tor, noun den·i·gra·to·ry , [ den-i-gr uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈdɛn ɪ grəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective self-den·i·grat·ing, adjective self-den·i·gra·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for denigrator (tr) to belittle or disparage the character of; defame a rare word for blacken Derived Forms denigration, noun denigrator, noun Word Origin
C16: from Latin
dēnigrāre to make very black, defame, from nigrāre to blacken, from niger black
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Word Origin and History for denigrator denigrate v.
1520s, from Latin
denigratus, past participle of denigrare "to blacken, defame," from de- "completely" (see de-) + nigr-, stem of niger "black" (see Negro). of unknown origin. "Apparently disused in 18th c. and revived in 19th c." [OED]. Related: Denigrated; denigrating.
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