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Definition of "denigrate" []

  • To attack the character or reputation of; speak ill of; defame. (verb-transitive)
  • To disparage; belittle: The critics have denigrated our efforts. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "denigrate" in a sentence
  • "BTW, what the heck does my being black have to do with use of the word denigrate, when that word describes what I mean to say?"
  • "In Venezuela, it is illegal to publish news accountsthat might be deemed to "denigrate" President Hugo Ch vez."
  • "I often do that ... but please quote where I "denigrate" Cao's (possible) naivete of the political establishment (which I actually consider to be a personal virtue, btw) and please quote where I call into question this guy's "sanity"?"