Definitions for denigrateˈdɛn ɪˌgreɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. minimize, belittle, denigrate, derogate(verb)

    cause to seem less serious; play down

    "Don't belittle his influence"

  2. defame, slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch(verb)

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

    "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"


  1. denigrate(Verb)

    To criticise so as to besmirch; traduce, disparage or defame.

  2. denigrate(Verb)

    To treat as worthless; belittle, degrade or disparage.

  3. denigrate(Verb)

    To blacken.

  4. Origin: From denigratus, the past participle of denigrare, from de + nigrare 'to blacken (from niger)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Denigrate(verb)

    to blacken thoroughly; to make very black

  2. Denigrate(verb)

    fig.: To blacken or sully; to defame

  3. Origin: [L. denigrare; de- + nigrare to blacken, niger black.]

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  • омаловажавам, почерням, очернямBulgarian
  • pošpinit, znevažovatCzech
  • anschwärzen, verleumden, verunglimpfen, herabsetzenGerman
  • denigrarSpanish
  • pimentää, mustata, vähätellä, mustamaalataFinnish
  • noircir, dénigrer, rabaisser, médire, déprécierFrench
  • dèan dìmeas airScottish Gaelic
  • սևացնելArmenian
  • criticare, sparlare, diffamare, denigrare, parlare maleItalian
  • 侮辱Japanese
  • оцрнува, омаловажува, понижуваMacedonian
  • denigreren, kleineren, zwartmakenDutch
  • uwłaczać, oczerniać, umniejszać, pomniejszyćPolish
  • denegrirPortuguese
  • наговаривать, клеветать, очернять, чернитьRussian
  • ocrnitiSerbo-Croatian
  • svärta ner, racka ned påSwedish

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