- 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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- (tr) to belittle or disparage the character of; defame
- a rare word for blacken
Word Origin for denigrate
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 self-denigrating
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