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den·i·grate

 (dĕn′ĭ-grāt′)
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.

denigrate

(ˈdɛnɪˌɡreɪt)
vb
1. (tr) to belittle or disparage the character of; defame
2. a rare word for blacken
[C16: from Latin dēnigrāre to make very black, defame, from nigrāre to blacken, from niger black]
ˌdeniˈgration n
ˈdeniˌgrator n

den•i•grate

(ˈdɛn ɪˌgreɪt)

v.t. -grat•ed, -grat•ing.
1. to speak damagingly of; defame or disparage: to denigrate someone's character.
2. to make black; blacken.
[1520–30; < Latin dēnigrātus, past participle of dēnigrāre to blacken =dē- de- + nigrāre to make black, derivative of niger black]
den`i•gra′tion, n.
den′i•gra`tive, adj.
den′i•gra`tor, n.
den′i•gra•to`ry (-grəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.
syn: See decry.

denigrate

- From Latin de- and nigare, "blacken," it first meant "make black or dark in color," and came to mean "blacken the reputation of."
See also related terms for reputation.

denigrate


Past participle: denigrated
Gerund: denigrating

Imperative
denigrate
denigrate
Present
I denigrate
you denigrate
he/she/it denigrates
we denigrate
you denigrate
they denigrate
Preterite
I denigrated
you denigrated
he/she/it denigrated
we denigrated
you denigrated
they denigrated
Present Continuous
I am denigrating
you are denigrating
he/she/it is denigrating
we are denigrating
you are denigrating
they are denigrating
Present Perfect
I have denigrated
you have denigrated
he/she/it has denigrated
we have denigrated
you have denigrated
they have denigrated
Past Continuous
I was denigrating
you were denigrating
he/she/it was denigrating
we were denigrating
you were denigrating
they were denigrating
Past Perfect
I had denigrated
you had denigrated
he/she/it had denigrated
we had denigrated
you had denigrated
they had denigrated
Future
I will denigrate
you will denigrate
he/she/it will denigrate
we will denigrate
you will denigrate
they will denigrate
Future Perfect
I will have denigrated
you will have denigrated
he/she/it will have denigrated
we will have denigrated
you will have denigrated
they will have denigrated
Future Continuous
I will be denigrating
you will be denigrating
he/she/it will be denigrating
we will be denigrating
you will be denigrating
they will be denigrating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been denigrating
you have been denigrating
he/she/it has been denigrating
we have been denigrating
you have been denigrating
they have been denigrating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been denigrating
you will have been denigrating
he/she/it will have been denigrating
we will have been denigrating
you will have been denigrating
they will have been denigrating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been denigrating
you had been denigrating
he/she/it had been denigrating
we had been denigrating
you had been denigrating
they had been denigrating
Conditional
I would denigrate
you would denigrate
he/she/it would denigrate
we would denigrate
you would denigrate
they would denigrate
Past Conditional
I would have denigrated
you would have denigrated
he/she/it would have denigrated
we would have denigrated
you would have denigrated
they would have denigrated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.denigrate - cause to seem less serious; play down; "Don't belittle his influence"
disparage, belittle, pick at - express a negative opinion of; "She disparaged her student's efforts"
talk down - belittle through talk
2.denigrate - 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"
accuse, charge - blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; "he charged the director with indifference"
assassinate - destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation; "He assassinated his enemy's character"
libel - print slanderous statements against; "The newspaper was accused of libeling him"
badmouth, drag through the mud, malign, traduce - speak unfavorably about; "She badmouths her husband everywhere"

denigrate

verb disparage, run down, slag (off) (slang), knock (informal), rubbish (informal), blacken, malign, belittle, decry, revile, vilify, slander, defame, bad-mouth (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), besmirch, impugn, calumniate, asperse She habitually denigrated her husband to other people.
approve, honour, praise, admire, acclaim, compliment, laud, extol, big up (slang, chiefly Caribbean), eulogize, take your hat off to

denigrate

verb
1. To contaminate the reputation of:
Idioms: give a black eye to, sling mud on.
2. To think, represent, or speak of as small or unimportant:
Translations
يُشَوِّهُ السُّمْعَه
očernitpomluvit
rakke ned påsværte til
haukkuamustamaalatamustatapimentäävähätellä
sverta mannorî
juodinimasmenkinimas
nomelnot
iftira etmekkötülemek

denigrate

[ˈdenɪgreɪt] VTdenigrar

denigrate

[ˈdɛnɪgreɪt] vt [+ person] → dénigrer

denigrate

denigrate

[ˈdɛnɪˌgreɪt] vtdenigrare

denigrate

(ˈdenigreit) verb
to attack the reputation etc of. I'm not trying to denigrate her achievement.
ˌdeniˈgration noun
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