from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To attack the character or reputation of; speak ill of; defame.
- transitive v. To disparage; belittle: The critics have denigrated our efforts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To criticise so as to besmirch; traduce, disparage or defame.
- v. To treat as worthless; belittle, degrade or disparage.
- v. To blacken.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To blacken thoroughly; to make very black.
- transitive v. Fig.: To blacken or sully; to defame.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To blacken; make black.
- Blackened; turned black.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
- v. cause to seem less serious; play down
Latin dēnigrāre, dēnigrāt-, to blacken, defame : dē-, de- + niger, nigr-, black.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dēnigrātus, the past participle of dēnigrāre ("to blacken"), from dē + nigrare 'to blacken (from niger ("black")) (Wiktionary)