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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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In that sense, both "Noll" and "Charlie" earn their disrespectful nicknames because each was a denigrator of "the root.
Unlike Machann, Cohen rather reductively characterizes Romney as a two-dimensional character transformed from "a boorish denigrator to an enthralled acolyte" of Aurora's writing.
Ernest Kaiser in 1967 agreed with Howe, calling Ellison "a denigrator of the great tradition of Negro protest writing" and labeling him not only "an establishment writer" but also an "Uncle Tom.
In his book on the face in cinema, Jacques Aumont sees film as being perhaps the largest denigrator of the face, as an agent of emptying and of petrifaction, but also as a privileged site for its redemption.
23) The metaphor resurfaces over two hundred years later in the writings of another denigrator of biblical theater, William Prynne, who excoriates the blasphemy of those who "turne the most serious Oracles of Gods sacred word into a Play, a lest, a Fable, a Sport, a May-game.
It's good to hear that at least one hapless denigrator of the amateur stage has not escaped scot free.
He stands exposed as "the ruthless denigrator of existing positions, the systematic propagator of a new moral posture, a man of sneers and smears and pervading certainty.
As a regular denigrator of my point of view when I had a column in The Journal, I asked him a question then which he thought fit not to answer.
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The apologists for slavery, denigrators of Africa, argued that this civilization, and certainly its heights, must be beyond the capacities of Africans.
At the time, denigrators read the absence as both a rebuke as well as a sign of Arab disquiet with US diplomacy, which was only partially correct.
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