Definitions for denigrateˈdɛn ɪˌgreɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

den•i•grate*ˈdɛn ɪˌgreɪt(v.t.)-grat•ed, -grat•ing.

  1. to speak damagingly of; defame or disparage:

    to denigrate someone's character.

  2. to make black; blacken.

* Syn: See decry.

Origin of denigrate:

1520–30; < L dēnigrātus, ptp. of dēnigrāre to blacken =dē-de - +nigrāre to make black, der. of niger black

den′i•gra•to`ry-grəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(adj.)

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

Translations for denigrate

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to attack the reputation etc of

I'm not trying to denigrate her achievement.

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