denigrate

[den-i-greyt]
verb (used with object), denigrated, denigrating.
1.
to speak damagingly of; criticize in a derogatory manner; sully; defame: to denigrate someone's character.
2.
to treat or represent as lacking in value or importance; belittle; disparage: to denigrate someone's contributions to a project.
3.
to make black; blacken: rain clouds denigrating the sky.

Origin:
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.
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denigrate (ˈdɛnɪˌɡreɪt)
 
vb
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]
 
deni'gration
 
n
 
'denigrator
 
n

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denigrate
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
Nobody's advocating denigrating students or beating them with sticks.
The comment section contained a number of comments denigrating those who choose
  or advocate home birth.
Denigrating the self promotion of others as a way of promoting yourself is ugly
  and sleazy.
Doctors sometimes make matters worse by denigrating rural patients,
  discouraging them from seeking medical help.
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