• WordNet 3.6
    • v 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"
    • v denigrate cause to seem less serious; play down "Don't belittle his influence"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Denigrate Fig.: To blacken or sully; to defame. "To denigrate the memory of Voltaire."
    • Denigrate To blacken thoroughly; to make very black.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • denigrate To blacken; make black.
    • denigrate Blackened; turned black.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. denigrare,; de-, + nigrare, to blacken, niger, black


In literature:

Thackeray's denigration, I admit, takes the breath away.
"The Art of Letters" by Robert Lynd
This is not to denigrate the importance of these documents.
"Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965" by Morris J. MacGregor Jr.
Most of these legends denigrate his character, and make him appear cruel, wilful, and false.
"The Cathedrals of Northern Spain" by Charles Rudy

In news:

In several weeks prior to the election the Sun Gazette ran cartoons on almost a daily basis denigrating President Obama.
DHAKA, Bangladesh — Schools and businesses are closed and transportation has been disrupted across Bangladesh as hard-line Islamic groups protesting a film that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad enforce a general strike.
I write not to praise nor denigrate the view expressed in 'God is Not Gone'.
I am usually annoyed by any group that denigrates video games for the hobby's lack of family values.
If not illegal, intrusion denigrates right.
The low-budget video, produced privately in California, denigrated the Prophet Mohammad and triggered anti-U.
In your recent story about the new active senior, knitters were denigrated, intimating we just sit in our chairs and knit .
But the United States Olympic Organizing Committee sent a cease-and-desist letter to the group, saying using "ympics" denigrates the Olympic brand.
Don't denigrate units' ability just to 'correct' a perceived threat to women's careers.
The books, according to those protesting, are denigrating the Christian faith.
And it's easy to feel anger that Christianity can be mocked , lampooned, denigrated in art, literature and film, while any slight of Islam is attacked as hateful.
In a preview of Obama's speech, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appealed Monday for Muslims to show "dignity" as they protest the film denigrating the Prophet Muhammad.
The Virginian-Pilot reports Circuit Court Judge John W Brown said that if the state lets people praise religion or ethnicity on their license plates , it also must let them denigrate them.
There's "Spam Can" for Cessna pistons and there's the denigrating "Fork-Tailed Doctor Killer" for V-tailed Bonanzas.
Don't interpret that to mean she's denigrating what she's done for nearly 11 years.