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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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