American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To attack the character or reputation of; speak ill of; defame.
- v. To disparage; belittle: The critics have denigrated our efforts.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To blacken; make black.
- Blackened; turned black.
- v. transitive To criticise so as to besmirch; traduce, disparage or defame.
- v. transitive To treat as worthless; belittle, degrade or disparage.
- v. rare To blacken.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To blacken thoroughly; to make very black.
- v. rare Fig.: To blacken or sully; to defame.
- v. charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
- v. cause to seem less serious; play down
- From Latin dēnigrātus, the past participle of dēnigrāre ("to blacken"), from dē + nigrare 'to blacken (from niger ("black")) (Wiktionary)
- Latin dēnigrāre, dēnigrāt-, to blacken, defame : dē-, de- + niger, nigr-, black. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“BTW, what the heck does my being black have to do with use of the word denigrate, when that word describes what I mean to say?”
“In Venezuela, it is illegal to publish news accountsthat might be deemed to "denigrate" President Hugo Ch vez.”
“I often do that ... but please quote where I "denigrate" Cao's (possible) naivete of the political establishment (which I actually consider to be a personal virtue, btw) and please quote where I call into question this guy's "sanity"?”
“KURTZ: But Obama does this a lot, where he takes these swipes at cable television and the pundits, and you can tell that he likes to try to stake out a middle ground and kind of denigrate the press in the process, which is his right.”
“To that extent and to the extent that he thought the Khmer Rouge considered Phnom Penh "Sodom and Gomorrah" Sampson did indeed "denigrate" the food imperative of the evacuation.”
“As a matter of fact, they kind of denigrate the whole idea of tankless heaters:”
“And, clearly, that's -- that's really a-- a way to kind of denigrate these cultures and these religions by justifying these really heinous acts in this way.”
“Mr. Stollery Liberal Senator agreed that there is a campaign in Canada to "denigrate" UN operations.”
“Hundreds of people have been arrested under the same section of the law, which also makes it an offence to "denigrate" the 79-year - old dictator, under whose rule since 1980 one of the most prosperous economies in Africa has been brought to its knees.”
“To acknowledge and analyze the presence and power of certain "iron cages" in America is not to "denigrate" this country nor to deny the existence of "iron cages" elsewhere in the world whatever their forms and sizes.”
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