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
He denigrates those who have broad knowledge and synthetic abilities of which
  he can't conceive.
Such lopsided point of view really denigrates the genuine cause of this action.
Dealing with other nations about climate change denigrates our basic principles
  and amounts to a surrender of sovereignty.
In everyone of these cases, the judge has refused to penalize the aggressive
  parent who alienates and denigrates the other parent.
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