Definition of denigrate in English:

denigrate

Line breaks: deni|grate
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛnɪgreɪt
 
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verb

[with object]

Derivatives

denigration

Pronunciation: /-ˈgreɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
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  • One of the really annoying aspects of this election was the denigration of anyone with (dare I say it) an intellectual approach to any problem.
  • And denigration of culture is an affront to human dignity, leaving scars and outrage that may live on for decades or even centuries.
  • They explain the purpose behind the division, to be based on one's profession, but provide no explanation as to how it became the reason for social denigration.

denigrator

noun
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  • Don't listen to the denigrators - the health service can be wonderful.
  • Right now, I'm a supporter of all and a denigrator of none.
  • In fact, fair use of the book's content will provide many illuminating facts and vignettes about U.S. agricultural history, but will not prove a source of ammunition for either its celebrators or denigrators.

denigratory

Pronunciation: /-ˈgreɪt(ə)ri/
adjective
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  • He carried on telling us that he could not think of a word in his language which would translate ‘racism’ in the way we use it in our language, although, clearly, there were ways of referring to other people or nations in a denigratory way.
  • I had to explain that as a mentor of young adult fiction, I see a lot of genre fiction that fits the genre okay but isn't worth developing further, which is more denigratory than I like to be in an introductory session.
  • Yet backwardness might not be tantamount to barbarism, or even ‘backward’ in any denigratory way.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'blacken, make dark'): from Latin denigrat- 'blackened', from the verb denigrare, from de- 'away, completely' + nigrare (from niger 'black').

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