verb (used with object), denigrated, denigrating.
to speak damagingly of; criticize in a derogatory manner; sully; defame: to denigrate someone's character.
to treat or represent as lacking in value or importance; belittle; disparage: to denigrate someone's contributions to a project.
to make black; blacken: rain clouds denigrating the sky.

1520–30; < Latin dēnigrātus (past participle of dēnigrāre to blacken), equivalent to dē- de- + nigr(āre) to make black + -ātus -ate1

denigration, noun
denigrative, adjective
denigrator, noun
denigratory [den-i-gruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
self-denigrating, adjective
self-denigration, noun

1. malign, besmirch, slander, traduce, disparage, vilify. See decry. Unabridged
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denigrate (ˈdɛnɪˌɡreɪt)
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]

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Word Origin & History

1526, from L. denigratus, pp. of denigrare "to blacken, defame," from de- "completely" + nigr-, stem of niger "black," of unknown origin. "Apparently disused in 18th c. and revived in 19th c." [OED].
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Example sentences
But all jobs, including cold-call sales and ours, should not be denigrated by
  those who don't understand the job.
They see daily that science is denigrated by those who know nothing and believe
  in childish beliefs as truth.
So she was treated as they are treated, denigrated as they are denigrated.
Today, our national heroes of the past are denigrated as are current figures.
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