[ US /ˈdɛnəˌɡɹeɪt/ ]
[ UK /dˈɛnɪɡɹˌe‍ɪt/ ]
  1. charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
    The article in the paper sullied my reputation
    The journalists have defamed me!
  2. cause to seem less serious; play down
    Don't belittle his influence
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How To Use denigrate In A Sentence

  • This is not to denigrate their contribution - no doubt they are carrying out their assignments peerlessly.
  • BEGALA: When you see somebody who is their -- your number-three leader in the Senate go down in -- in a landslide, right, against a guy that I think he kind of denigrated in the campaign, that -- that tells you something. CNN Transcript Nov 7, 2006
  • Taoism, or Tao-kiao, was invented by the disciples of Lao-tze, but the lofty theories of this philosopher have denigrated to the grossest superstitions, alchemy, astrology, and a worship of a pantheon of idols, the highest of which is Yu-hwang Shang-ti; the chief of the Taoists resides at Lung-hu-shan (Kiang-si); most of the hierarchy are extremely ignorant. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux
  • By the way - though I imagine you were merely trying to denigrate others and be oh so cute - the word is "mendacious" … not "mendoucheous", which isn't even phonetically correct. Patterico's Pontifications
  • While in the gay male culture, youth and beauty are apotheosized (granted, to an extreme), in the ‘lesbian community’ they are often resented and denigrated.
  • Early Christians often denigrated traditional Jewish sacrificial ritual as inadequate and "fleshly" rather than spiritual, and argued that Jesus 'death had superseded it. The Betrayer's Gospel
  • People who write diaries are helpless solipsists who want nothing more than to denigrate others and elevate their own achievements, but who are too repressed and passive-aggressive to do so publicly.
  • To assert this is to denigrate the effectiveness of the police.
  • Our temporary political masters may denigrate his ideals and smash the organisations for which he worked, but men of his calibre will be honoured when his denigrators are mere footnotes in the sordid history of these times.
  • The amendment prohibits obscene or indecent materials which denigrate the objects or beliefs of a particular religion.
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