Definition of denigrate in English:

denigrate

Line breaks: deni|grate
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛnɪɡreɪt
 
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verb

[with object]
Criticize unfairly; disparage: doom and gloom merchants who denigrate their own country
More example sentences
  • The new parliament [building] has been unfairly denigrated.
  • I think it treats readers like idiots, insults their intelligence and denigrates the whole point of delivering news in the first place.
  • It's just that we as critics have tended to stand apart and denigrate the content.
Synonyms
disparage, belittle, diminish, deprecate, cast aspersions on, decry, criticize unfairly, attack, speak ill of, speak badly of, blacken the character of, blacken the name of, give someone a bad name, sully the reputation of, spread lies about, defame, slander, libel, calumniate, besmirch, run down, abuse, insult, slight, revile, malign, vilify; North Americanslur
informal bad-mouth, slate, do a hatchet job on, pull to pieces, pull apart, sling mud at, throw mud at, drag through the mud
British informal rubbish, slag off, have a go at
rare asperse, derogate, vilipend, vituperate

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').

Derivatives

denigration

Pronunciation: /-ˈɡreɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
More example sentences
  • 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: /-ˈɡreɪt(ə)ri/
adjective
More example sentences
  • 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.

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