What does denigrate mean?

Definitions for denigrateˈdɛn ɪˌgreɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word denigrate.

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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of denigrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of denigrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. GSAN:

    Mature human do not denigrate (defame) or cherist (praise) an idea in order to feed personal worthwhile.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    A president should never talk the way he does. A president should never denigrate people the way he does. If he has turned a new leaf, it would be wonderful.

  3. Mitch McConnell:

    Every day the President-elect and his team continue to denigrate the work of the intelligence community, to the detriment of the agencies' important work and the success of his own presidency.

  4. Charles Krauthammer:

    The way the administration is always focused on what you call core Al Qaeda, as if you can ignore all the other elements, the other scattered Islamist groups around the world and you denigrate them as JV, that just doesn't wash anymore.

  5. Kudzanai Chipanga:

    I have since reflected and I personally admitted that I erred together with my entire executive to denigrate your highest office, i have not been persuaded to offer Kudzanai Chipanga to the state media but I have personally reflected and realized my mistake.

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Translations for denigrate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • شوه سمعةArabic
  • 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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