Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To attack the character or reputation of; speak ill of; defame.
  • transitive verb To disparage; belittle: synonym: disparage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Blackened; turned black.
  • To blacken; make black.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To blacken thoroughly; to make very black.
  • transitive verb rare Fig.: To blacken or sully; to defame.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To criticise so as to besmirch; traduce, disparage or defame.
  • verb transitive To treat as worthless; belittle, degrade or disparage.
  • verb rare To blacken.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
  • verb cause to seem less serious; play down

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin dēnigrāre, dēnigrāt-, to blacken, defame : dē-, de- + niger, nigr-, black; see nekw-t- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin dēnigrātus, the past participle of dēnigrāre ("to blacken"), from + nigrare 'to blacken (from niger ("black"))

Examples

  • 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?

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  • 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"?

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  • In Venezuela, it is illegal to publish news accountsthat might be deemed to "denigrate" President Hugo Ch vez.

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  • 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.

    CNN Transcript May 24, 2009

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript May 24, 2009

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    CNN Transcript May 18, 2007

  • As a matter of fact, they kind of denigrate the whole idea of tankless heaters:

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  • Mr. Stollery Liberal Senator agreed that there is a campaign in Canada to "denigrate" UN operations.

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  • 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.

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  • verb: charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

    Count Rumford denigrated the new theory of heat, demonstrating that it was wholly inadequate to explain the observations.

    October 19, 2016