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tr.v. den·i·grat·ed, den·i·grat·ing, den·i·grates
1. To attack the character or reputation of; speak ill of; defame: "Speakers before the United States Chamber of Commerce rarely denigrate the businessman as an economic force" (John Kenneth Galbraith).
2. To disparage; belittle: The movie critics denigrated the director's latest film. See Synonyms at disparage.

[Latin dēnigrāre, dēnigrāt-, to blacken, defame : dē-, de- + niger, nigr-, black; see nekw-t- in Indo-European roots.]

den′i·gra′tion n.
den′i·gra′tor n.
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Adj.1.denigrating - (used of statements) harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign
harmful - causing or capable of causing harm; "too much sun is harmful to the skin"; "harmful effects of smoking"
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Bailey asks him accusingly and denigratingly, 'Are you a real copper or one of those black trackers who turns on his own?
Jadis," Blanchot writes somewhat denigratingly, "on croyait pouvoir remonter a quelque langage originaire, parole supreme qu'il eut suffit de parier pour dire vrai.
In the same vein, excessive and unelevating violence, we have seen, is likewise denigratingly associated with the low, the poor and the immature, those whose collectively weak "super-ego" is linked in the reviewer's language to their social status and through this to their dubious capacity to understand the "elevating" discourses that legitimate violence and grant it meaning.